Daily Archives: April 20, 2010

Poet Charles Hood’s theory of Van Gogh’s Irises painting at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles: perhaps Van Gogh made his painting after “reading Shakespeare too intensely”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                . Poet Charles Hood has of late been immersing himself in the letters of Vincent Van Gogh, and he made a connection that I found quite intriguing between Van Gogh’s Irises  painting at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Norris Chumley calls 11-year-old Nadia Bloom’s rescue a miracle—but was it?

At the Huffington Post today, Norris Chumley says this of the Florida rescue of 11-year-old Nadia Bloom: If a miracle, by definition, is something of wonder that cannot be explained (as in the Old French and Latin miraculum or “object of … Continue reading

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Does the silence frighten you?

And is it an analogue for being alone? In a new book, George Prochnik explores silence, and the New York Times reviews it: The underground chapel at the Trappist New Melleray Abbey south of Dubuque, Iowa, is so quiet that visitors sometimes … Continue reading

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