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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Circles” (1841): The Creative Vitalist Lost in Space?

Below are a few excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Circles” (1841). In this essay he likens the creative artist’s framing imagination to something like the growing layers of an onion building themselves over the dark inner depths of the ontological mystery. Emerson’s thesis is in his … Continue reading

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Does Emily Dickinson Call Herself “the only kangaroo among the beauty” in One of Her Poems?

No. But she does in one of her letters. In Emily Dickinson’s letter (dated July, 1862) to Thomas Higginson, a chief editor of The Atlantic Monthly, she writes this delicious, somewhat erotically suggestive, and arguably even naughty, paragraph: Perhaps you smile at … Continue reading

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KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING: A Great George Orwell Novel That A Lot of People Don’t Know

Below is an image of one of my favorite George Orwell novels. It’s the story of a poet who struggles with what to do with his life: Should he marry? Should he debase his gift for poetry by writing advertising copy … Continue reading

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Poet Robert Frost on His Religious Evolution

Robert Frost: Presbyterian, Unitarian, Swedenborgian, Nothing. Source: Robert Frost: A Life, by Jay Parini (Henry Holt & Co. 1999 p. 15)

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Uncle Allen Ginsberg Wants YOU—to Vote November 4, 2008

  “America when will we end the human war?” (The above question is the fourth line from his 1956 poem, “America.”) I think Allen would be excited about Barack Obama, don’t you?

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Bart Ehrman’s book, “God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Tell Us Why We Suffer”

I read Ehrman’s book recently and strongly recommend it. I liken Ehrman to an intelligent chess player who puts the squirming reader (who may not, at first, be inclined to agree with him) into methodical and logical checkmate. Ehrman shows why … Continue reading

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