Category Archives: Books and Poetry

Pickles!

At a friend’s house this afternoon, I discovered a Pickling book. It is called The Joy of Pickling, and it is stately and plump and a dog has chewed off one corner. I fell for it. Pickles are a source … Continue reading

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A Dorothy Sayers Quoting Spree

Otherwise known as the quotes associated with the post above. Dorothy Sayers, the great: “The only Christian work is good work, well done.” (Creed or Chaos) “I expect you come across a number of people who are disconcerted by the difference … Continue reading

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A few reasons it’s fun to be in Santa Fe

(Not an exhaustive account!) Books that have come up in conversation in the last 28 hours: St Gregory of Nyssa, Jane Austen, Dorothy Sayers, Dickens, Tolkien, Owen Barfield, Euclid, Descartes, The Wind in the Willows, Lucretius, Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood, Phantastes, The Light … Continue reading

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Poetry, Theology, and the Imagination

I have spent the weekend at a conference with two names and 4 subtitles. Full title: The Climacus Conference 2013 The Poetics of Existence; the verse performs its secret ministry Poetry; Poetic Knowledge and the Imagination; Poetry and Theology. What … Continue reading

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I had all these grand plans to write about a month ago…. I was going to write about my inadvertent, late night discovery of If Christ Came to Chicago! (It’s a book, and yes, that’s the title – exclamation mark … Continue reading

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

As Kingfishers Catch Fire As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal … Continue reading

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Ozymandias

This is not really relevant to anything. It captivated me as a kid before I had any clear idea of what it was about. Recently it has come back to me, with luster undimmed by some appreciation of it’s irony. … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis meets J.R.R. Tolkien

1926 “On May 11th Lewis walked toward Merton College … to attend a meeting of the English faculty of the university. Standing around before the meeting, he met ‘a smooth, pale, fluent little chap,’ as he would write in his … Continue reading

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I guess this is on Chesterton?

Because C.S. Lewis’s Surprised by Joy seems to be my favorite book these days, I have spent the afternoon looking up a selection from the plethora of authors mentioned there. It turns out that reviews of Chesterton, Herbert, Bergson, and Bede … Continue reading

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Words, glorious words

Sorry nothing happened there for awhile. School somehow took all my words and left me with absolutely nothing to say. So, while I’m recouperating, I bring you…  Somebody Else’s Words! George Foster Wallace’s, in particular; source of the best game … Continue reading

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