Monday, August 29, 2016

Much in what he says …

… We Don’t Know What We Are Talking About When We talk about Religion – Medium. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

That the word religion is used in all sorts of imprecise ways, even by those who think of themselves as religious, is certainly true. But I think Rudolf Otto was on to something in The Idea of the Holy. For Otto, religion is grounded in an experience of the numinous, what he calls the mysterium tremendum et fascinans, the fearful and fascinating mystery of the Wholly Other, which inspires fear because of its power, but fascinates because it merciful.

You just might have time …

 Running Out of Time? 10 Short Works to Read Before Labor Day. - Words Without Borders.

To the rescue …

… Phillip Lopate’s Handkerchief | BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog.

Heroes …

… Paul Davis On Crime: My Washington Times Review Of 'By Honor Bound: Two Navy SEALs, The Medal Of Honor, And A Story Of Extraordinary Courage'.

In case you wondered …

… The 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers | The Best Schools. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)




A fondness for mystery …

… Solitary Praxis: Emily Dickinson on riddles and surprises.

Something completely different …

… which is what language may be: In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick : NPR. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Sic transit …

… Is It Here to Stay? — Rock'n'Roll Considered | commentary. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)



Nothing stays popular forever, and by the ’90s, rock had in turn been supplanted by hip-hop as America’s top-selling pop-music genre. But the splintering of our common culture prevented hip-hop from developing into the new lingua franca. Instead, we now have many popular musics, none of which has anything remotely approaching the cultural dominance that was enjoyed by rock and roll for more than a quarter-century.


I was 14 when Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" was released. I routinely turned on Bandstand when I came home from school (I watched it before Dick Clark became its host). So I think it fair to consider myself as having been present at the creation of rock music. And I certainly listened to enough of it. But I find, now that I am an old man, that it is the music I heard before rock came along — music that I heard when I was very young, the music of the '40s and early '50s — that I listen to more and more. Go figure.

Something to think on…

What worries you, masters you.
— John Locke, born to n this date in 1632

Sound and sense …

… Poem of the Week: Theocritus: A Villanelle by Oscar Wilde | Books | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Indeed …

… DEVASTATING: Jake Tapper shares a Gold Star mother’s takedown of Colin Kaepernick – twitchy.com.

On the road …

 The Book Haven goes to Sweden’s Sigtuna Literary Festival! | The Book Haven.

The burden of exile

… Syrian author Iman Al Ghafari: “I did not want to leave my country forever!” | The Book Haven.

Take the longer way …

 Ayahuasca, Plato, and this summer of drugs - Philosophy and Life.

Well, I certainly did my share of drugs back in the day. Just about any you'd care to name (including the hard ones). But I can't say I ever experienced anything particularly transcendent from them. Pleasant times, good highs, little more than that. I get far more now from the active prayer life I have finally managed to achieve. I am surprised almost every day. 

Living words …

… Solitary Praxis: Emily Dickinson: words, words, words . . .

Act of gratitude …

… for Geoffrey Hill: Anecdotal Evidence: `I Have Not Finished'.



I have been reading  Hill's The Mystery and Charity of Charles Peguy. I met Hill once, and reviewed The Orchards of Syon.


Cold case …

… Judge opens investigation into death of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca | World news | The Guardian. (Hat tip, G. E. Reutter.)

Anniversary …

… Nigeness: A Party Poem for Betjeman's Birthday.

Imagine that …

… Paul Davis On Crime: Something New Under The Sun: A Hemingway Biography That's Original.

Inquirer reviews …

… 'White Nights': Poetry and scars of adulthood.

… Sparkling outlook and common sense.

… 'Brandeis': A great lawmaker who left his mark.

… Is Amy Schumer's $9M tell-mostly-all her next big hit?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A poem

Discernment


Amid the darkness place the sun,
That veteran god, from deepest night
Evoking brightest day. Make plain
Imagination’s gestures are
But acts of faith, and loss of faith 
An absence of imagination.
Merely perceiving misperceives:
We must invite what the eye bears —
Sunflower, catbird, passing cloud —
Into the heart's sanctuary,
And watch as revelation flares.

Who is a Hindu?

Masterful …

 At Home with the Irrational by Glen Baxter | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

That piece "Paying Attention" is extraordinarily well-crafted.

Sic transit …

 Paul Davis On Crime: Wildwood Days: From Plastic Palm Trees To Looping Neon Signs, Striking Images Of Mid-Century Motels Capture The Vanishing Architecture Of A Bygone Era.

A lovely volume …

 Nigeness: Bird, Beast and Flower.



I just bought a copy for 16 cents (of course, the shipping charges are much greater).

Faith and doubt …

 Solitary Praxis: Emily Dickinson on religion.



I think this is her way of saying what Cardinal Newman said: "Faith means being capable of bearing doubt." But doubt is always subordinate  to faith.

Who knew?

… Tolkien Influenced Rock More Than The Velvet Underground Did.

'Twas ever thus …

… The Bloody History of the True Crime Genre | JSTOR Daily. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Between 1550 and 1700, British authors and printers produced an unprecedented number of publications that reported on capital crimes. As literacy rates expanded and new print technologies emerged, topical leaflets began to circulate among newly literate and semiliterate consumers. Hundreds of crime pamphlets—short, unbound books of roughly six to 24 pages, usually detailing horrific murders—circulated during this era. But these pamphlets were not the sole form of crime reportage. Ballads—narrative verses recounting the dastardly deeds of England’s Most Notorious—were printed on broadsides and posted around cities and towns. Trial accounts also provided a broad swath of society with details of juridical proceedings.

Sorry ledger …

… Zealotry of Guerin: Death and the Miser (Bosch), Sonnet #312.

And the winner is …

… Marilynne Robinson wins literary peace prize for tales 'of reconciliation and love' | Books | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.
— Lope de Vega, who died on this date in 1635

RIP...

The last visit...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Very interesting …

 Artistic Statement - Poems | Academy of American Poets. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

RIP …

 Joyce Carol Thomas, children’s author who accented black rural life, dies at 78 - The Washington Post. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Seeds of smiles …

… Solitary Praxis: Emily Dickinson: a chivalrous offering.

Hmm …

… How climate change challenged, then strengthened my faith (COMMENTARY) | Religion News Service. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

She sees a bogus documentary produced by a failed politician and takes that as science. Someone should remind her that she lives on a planet that revolves around a star and that there have been several geologic epochs characterized by different climatic features. This is ignorant sentimentality mistaken for religious faith. Has she ever gardened? It's a good way of getting a real feel for weather. Perhaps she should read this:

Most Scientific Findings Are Wrong or Useless. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
A 2015 editorial in The Lancet observed that "much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue." A 2015 British Academy of Medical Sciences report suggested that the false discovery rate in some areas of biomedicine could be as high as 69 percent. In an email exchange with me, the Stanford biostatistician John Ioannidis estimated that the non-replication rates in biomedical observational and preclinical studies could be as high as 90 percent.

Or:
Consider climate change. "The vaunted scientific consensus around climate change," notes Sarewitz, "applies only to a narrow claim about the discernible human impact on global warming. The minute you get into questions about the rate and severity of future impacts, or the costs of and best pathways for addressing them, no semblance of consensus among experts remains." Nevertheless, climate "models spew out endless streams of trans-scientific facts that allow for claims and counterclaims, all apparently sanctioned by science, about how urgent the problem is and what needs to be done."

Blogging note …

I have obligations to meet this morning. So my blogging will resume sometime this afternoon.

In case you wondered …

… The true story of Dr Zhivago’s Lara. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Hmm …

… 18 More Classic Literature Characters Who Will Bamboozle You With Their Gay Gayness | Autostraddle. (Hat tip, G. E. Reutter.)



I think some of them are a stretch.