Category Archives: Modernism

Red Letter Day

Red Letter Day  In recent columns, I’ve alluded to reversals of fortune, a succession of them, coming in the form of rejection letters.  Two came from senior editors who turned down an article, controversial and breaking new ground, which was … Continue reading

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The Ephrussis of Paris and Vienna

The Ephrussis of Paris and Vienna The book I’ve just finished reading had an impact on me greater than any book I can remember.  By impact, I don’t mean long-term influence on my heart or mind.  I mean something like … Continue reading

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Rejection Letters

Rejection Letters It’s been quite a week.  After our time at the Eric Voegelin Society conference in Washington, which was satisfying both humanly and intellectually, one thing after another went bust. First, on the Sunday train back to Trenton, my … Continue reading

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Womanly Arts

Womanly Arts At the Eric Voegelin Society conference we attended this week in D.C., Jerry and I were on a panel entitled “Life as a Spiritual Journey.”  They went awfully well — both of our (totally different) presentations. For the … Continue reading

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Is Beauty for the Birds?

Is Beauty for the Birds? We set up our deck fountain fairly late this summer and — as a result, it seemed – no birds came.  For weeks, they just stayed away.  This was very disappointing, since we watch them … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Meaninglessness

I’m reading a book by a philosopher named Susan Wolf about the meaning of life.  Or rather, about the importance of meaning in a good life. What prompts such a book? you may ask.  Susan Wolf explains that philosophers have … Continue reading

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Overheard at the Café

Overheard at the Café  Among the rewards of my composing this column at the café where I’m what the French call an habituée, is that I get to overhear scenes from other people’s real lives.  The café meets my need to … Continue reading

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