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Daily Archives: June 22, 2009
Richard Dawkins in high form, speaking in Nebraska:
Alan Jacobs, of The New Atlantis , puts in a good word for writing well, and writing teachers: Again and again in my career I have seen that people who can write well — in almost any field — give … Continue reading
There is a scene in Woody Allen’s film, Husbands and Wives , in which a couple comes over to Woody Allen’s and Mia Farrow’s apartment. (Let’s call the other couple “Max” and “Sally.”) They sit together at a couch, and … Continue reading
If it were evening, and you were sitting beneath a full moon with a Zen priest, and you asked him what the universe’s ultimate meaning is, he might simply point you to the moon. But what if you were sitting on the … Continue reading
Be ye Ayatollah or Maharishi, Pope or Protestant clergy, should you pronounce from behind your guru gown, prepare to meet the skeptic’s frown:
And she is now the face of the Iranian Revolution 2.0, exposing the current regime’s brutality and illegitimacy. She was 27 years old:
Are you an atheist, and are you evangelical about it? In other words, do you want other people to become atheists too? I’m an agnostic myself, but I’m not sure whether I can really recommend it. It seems like a … Continue reading
Luke 18:10-14: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other … Continue reading
Edwin Arlington Robinson’s “Richard Cory” (1897): A Poem on the Turning Wheel of Fortune and Misleading Appearances
Who’s up, who’s down? It can change pretty quickly. And who knows what’s going on beneath appearances? Here’s a poem titled “Richard Cory” (by Edwin Arlington Robinson, written in 1897): Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement … Continue reading