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Daily Archives: January 21, 2009
Richard Dawkins’s “There’s probably no God” bus ads got complaints (in Britain) to the Advertising Standards Authority, and it ruled that the ad campaign can continue: The Advertising Standards Authority said it assessed 326 complaints. Some claimed the wording was … Continue reading
Is the universe a chaos or a cosmos? Today’s quote comes from Stephen Crane’s short story, “The Open Boat” (1897). Stranded in a small life boat and caught in huge ocean swells—yet tantalizingly close to shore—four men contemplate their absurd … Continue reading
This today in the Connecticut Post: Lieberman admits that it is a bit schizophrenic, but since election night, he said, he was both disappointed for his friend’s loss and thrilled with Obama’s victory. “It is amazing to remember that in … Continue reading
“It was the most genuine, spontaneous, universal moment of the day. It was like watching the ice go out on the river”: Garrison Keillor Describes the Ebullent Crowd Watching the Helicopter Apotheosis of George W. Bush
Watching the inauguration on television, I found myself feeling an enormous wave of relief at seeing George Bush rising by government helicopter, and drifting slowly away, like a balloon cut loose, for the (mercifully) last time. The live crowd appears to have … Continue reading
“I, too, sing America”: Barack Obama is the Change Langston Hughes was Waiting for, and Said Would One Day Come
I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare … Continue reading
What a relief!
A beautiful filmic rendering of T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”:
“What if the mightiest word is love?”: See Here Elizabeth Alexander’s Poem (Read at Barack Obama’s Inauguration)
In contrast with Rick Warren’s depressingly prosaic, tone deaf, sectarian and artless invocation, I thought Elizabeth Alexander’s poem was a genuinely spiritual moment during the inauguration—a “prayer,” if you will—and a moving affirmation of human work, longing, and the supremacy of love—and “walking … Continue reading