Joy in Beantown & the Slumping Blog


Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length, said the poet Robert Frost. If you have spent a few days or weeks in my class on the Confessional Poets, or long enough in a bar in conversation with me, you would hear me repeat this quote. I am interested in Happiness. In recent years, the subject has been the source of many studies, a great deal of research and blogs(See Daniel Gilbert) and books, and now perhaps more of a topic at the tavern. (Well, perhaps it’s always been a topic at the tavern.) The difference is now we are looking at sustaining joy, beyond its term limits implied by Frost. But consider readers of Dante. The number of those who study The Inferno significantly outdo those who read Purgatorio or Paradiso, no to mention how many times The Inferno has been translated into other languages. Could this point to our desire to understand pain and tragedy because it feels more mysterious than joy? Or is it that pain is the territory we most often occupy?

The question I have about our current state, which is first place, is if the relief and joy we are feeling now is a result of how terrible April went for the Sox? On a more personal point, my blog has slumped for many reasons recently(including the switch to WordPress) but one of the reasons this week is a solid feeling of contentment. So, here is what I would like to celebrate with you, in communal happiness(doesn’t pain always feel too personal?):

1)Let’s give the middle relief some. How about Rich Hill’s curveball in the 8th in Cleveland

2) Carl Crawford’s awakening

3) Carl Crawford’s awakening

4)Carl Crawford’s awakening

5)I can’t say it enough, but I will move on to Ellsbury. We missed you last year for certain.

6)I bow down everyday to A.G.

7)How about Pap’s consistency?

8)If you get down for a minute or two one of these nights, consider that sweep a few weeks ago. You know the one.

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One comment

  1. This is a very simple game...

    I think the Red Sox Nation would be joyful about first place no matter what but I’m sure April makes it that much sweeter. 🙂
    I tend to think that Inferno is the more studied work because we have an inclination to view tragedy and suffering as being deeper and and more meaningful than joy. How many deserving comedic works have won literary and cinematic prizes? The number is large, but not in comparison to the number of darker dramatic works and outright tragedies that have won these awards.

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