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February 2018

The Generosity of Art

Being an artist I can produce, if I am able, universals of general applicability. If I succeed in keeping myself objective enough, …

Beating around the Bush

In his editorial notes for this week Luke (Bartlett) writes: I think many of us (and definitely including myself) are guilty of …

Essays and Ideas

Today the essay was discussed in an interview with the writer and cartoonist Tim Kreider by Dave Davies on Fresh Air. I …

Connections

Last year I was introduced to the writing of Gary Snyder.  At first, it confused me.  Before reading any of his essays, I delved into the poetry in his book of collected works, Turtle Island.  His poem, The Bath, was my introduction to the voice of Gary sSntyder.  Honestly, it was a little shocking.  Because of how…

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Rachel Carson

“While the sun and the rain live, these shall be; Till a last wind’s breath upon all these blowing Roll the sea.” -Swinburne Known by her famous book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson is an inspiring essayist and human being. Carson took on the earth and all of its problems and created essays that were filled …

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From Rill or Rapids: On Mary Oliver’s “Upstream”

Though my exploration of her writings is definitely still a work in progress, Mary Oliver has become an idol of mine within a minute of opening the book– and that’s a new feeling to me. Never before have I been so immediately captivated by any sort of literature to the point where, even before I’d […]