Monthly Archives: May 2016

Not-So-Holy Roman Empire!

As an American at Oxford—an institution of 1,000 year duration—I was struck by an immanent awareness which placed me not among hallowed pavements and structures but beside the spirit of the place. Similarly, I have to accept the HoLy Roman … Continue reading

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George Eliot: “in medias res.”

The greatest woman novelist in English literature—pay attention halfwits, you’ll get an “aha” even your beloved “awesome”—George Eliot wrote “Daniel Deronda” five years after “Middlemarch” whose Dorothea is the greatest heroine in English. Read her prologue paragraph to “Deronda’s” Book One, … Continue reading

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Louise Erdrich: Transcendent novelist

One of my favorite novelists for over 25 years, Louise Erdrich, in an odyssey of fifteen novels has offered not purely a fine landscape of her Ojibwe Native American half-ancestry but a view of human passion and elasticity moving beyond … Continue reading

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Buddy Holly – Think it Over

Greatest early rock star!

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Wallace Stevens and Walt Whitman: Preeminent American Poets

Let’s face it: everyone is born a poet. Parents and school rob children of poetry. Vividly, our greatest poets of the 20th & 19th centuries—Wallace Stevens and Walt Whitman—were “men who suffered and minds who created” (from T.S. Eliot). In … Continue reading

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