Monthly Archives: August 2012

Einstein Wept

Stephen Prothero, in his rather interesting God Is Not One, illustrates the Jewish tradition of disputation with the following bizarre example: It was a Jew, Albert Einstein, who showed via the theory of relativity that even scientific observations depend on … Continue reading

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Free Not to Be You and Me

I’m still worried about Father Gerard, and I wonder if anything could be done for him: I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day. What hours, O what black hours we have spent This night! what sights you, … Continue reading

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The Scarily-tempered Clavier

If you have Pythagoras and his entourage over for dinner, here are a couple of helpful tips: (a) don’t serve chicken, and (b) hide the piano.  The first is easy to explain: as Malvolio says, Pythagoras believed in reincarnation, and … Continue reading

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RoMania–it’s catching!

The next time your friends start waxing nostalgic about the good old Ceausescu days back in Romania, just tell them to read Herta Müller’s The Land of Green Plums.  Or pick the book up yourself, if you are jonesing to … Continue reading

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Manley, yes, but I like it too.

In “The Bugler’s First Communion” Gerard Manley Hopkins describes the pleasure of administering the sacrament to an apple-cheeked young soldier: Here he knelt then   ín regimental red. Forth Christ from   cupboard fetched, how fain I of feet 10 … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Advocate

Christopher Hitchens’ Arguably assembles various essays and reviews from the last decade or so of his life.  One piece begins by quoting an Anthony Burgess novel*: It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with … Continue reading

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