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Daily Archives: July 15, 2008
Beneath a dormant tree, in brown, eggshell crisp leaves, a child found a white branch with a red blossom. The branch bent in the middle, and the child, to hold it together, presented it to her mother with both … Continue reading
bobbing like a jug a naked body in the river and on its back a crow before men were here there were rivers and the round eyes of birds
“The Lord Bless Thee, and Keep Thee”: Did Leo Tolstoy, in 1902, Stumble Upon the Reason We Bless People Before Sending Them Off to War?
In Part 2 of the Gilgamesh Epic, the elders of the Mesopotamian city of Uruk send Gilgamesh on a journey to the Land of Cedars with this blessing: May Shamash [the sun god] give you your heart’s desire, may he let you see with … Continue reading
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Emily Dickinson, Lesbian?: Her Letter to Susan Gilbert, in June of 1852, Might Tell Us Less Than You Think
Was Emily Dickinson lesbian? Some scholars think so. Below is a letter that Dickinson sent to her sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert. It certainly sounds like a letter written by a lesbian. But is this just an artifact of our being 21st century, post-Freudian … Continue reading
I’ve been told that the shore’s scattered jellyfish are remnant tissue from the placenta of creation that millions of years ago out of its belly the ocean heaved forth the mountains and the valleys— … Continue reading
PZ Myers, Illiberal Iconoclast: Why Catholics, Agnostics, and Atheists Who Value Freedom Should Be United in Their Opposition to What PZ Myers Did
When University of Minnesota biologist, PZ Myers, in a blog to his readers, asked them to “score” consecrated wafers from Catholic churches, and send them to him for Internet desecration, a line was crossed that no sensible liberal, secular or religious, should condone. Mockery, parody, and blasphemy … Continue reading
In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, Death in the Afternoon, a woman tells a man that she likes happy endings. The man replies: All endings are the same if you tell them long enough.