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2016-10-28 14:49
“Noble” is seldom used without a heavy dose of dismissive irony. The quality is rare and no longer valued. Among recent writers, the word might be fittingly applied to the work o… Read More
2016-10-28 05:00
My fondness for Marius Kociejowski was sealed when the poet identified his favorite writers as Samuel Johnson and Robert Louis Stevenson. About Johnson, Q.E.D., but Stevenson I pigeonholed a… Read More
2016-10-26 13:32
“There are not many Doctor Johnsons to set forth upon their first romantic voyage at sixty-four.”Two-thirds of a lifetime ago, there was not a place on earth I did not wish to vi… Read More
2016-10-25 05:00
“Pacing the streets of town he looked both ways,For pleasure, and for fame; compiled with careA chronicle of this divided gaze,“Needing to view his own reflection thereTo reassur… Read More
2016-10-24 14:06
To be reminded of our forgetability is always bracing, a splash of cold water on the spirit. We judge ourselves so precious and essential to the ongoing health and fitness of the universe, a… Read More
2016-10-23 14:21
Last Thursday, Hungary dedicated busts of Zbigniew Herbert and Hannah Arendt in Budapest’s Széchenyi Square. The occasion was the sixtieth anniversary, on Oct. 23, of the Hungar… Read More
`Imitate Him If You Dare'
2016-10-22 05:00
The posthumous fate of writers’ bodies – think of Ben Jonson, Sir Thomas Browne and Laurence Sterne – deserves a mordant chronicler worthy of their literary gifts. For now… Read More
2016-10-21 05:00
The pleasure of reading the Irish essayist Robert Lynd (1879-1949) should not be mistaken for soft-headed nostalgia. His virtues are vital and we can learn from his example. As a writer, he… Read More
2016-10-20 11:21
Consider these lines from George Herbert’s “The Forerunners”: “Lovely enchanting language, sugar-cane, / Honey of roses, wither wilt thou fly?” And this from Ro… Read More
2016-10-19 10:19
Last week I met a painter in New Hampshire who had set up his easel beside a river, though his back faced the water and he was painting the row of maples that paralleled the nearby road. It… Read More

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