Look What You Made Me Do: A Political Microcosm

Our country's discourse has descended to the level of celebrity feuds.   http://static.stereogum.com/uploads/2017/08/Taylor-Swift-1503667315-640x305.jpg Let’s face it: Taylor Swift’s new single is hot. Yes, folks claim it sounds like a garage band put it together, and yes, folks claim that “look what you made me do” is the refrain of abusers everywhere, but no matter how… Continue reading Look What You Made Me Do: A Political Microcosm

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Excerpt from Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, by Roger Scruton

Suppose you ask me what is the content of Van Gogh’s famous painting of the yellow chair. What exactly does it mean? you ask: what am I supposed to understand, about this chair, or about the world, from looking at this picture? I might reply: it’s a chair, that’s all. But in that case, what’s… Continue reading Excerpt from Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, by Roger Scruton

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

"A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken… Continue reading Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard

"Today I watched and heard a wren, a sparrow and the mockingbird singing. My brain started to trill why why why, what is the meaning meaning meaning?"   Annie Dillard described this as a "meteorological journal of the mind." Her personal narrative of life in Tinker Creek, Virginia vacillates between deep, frenzied, spiritual insights and… Continue reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard