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School of Athens, Raphael

The Invention of the “Middle Ages”

I came across this snippet about the invention of the Middle Ages in today’s reading, one of those things that immediately lit up a dozen different connections in my brain: “Flavio Biondi of Forli (1392-1463), while celebrating Florence and Italy, provided a scheme that would dominate and tyrannize European historical thought for centuries to come. […]

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January 2017 Reading Notes

My New Year’s resolution was to keep track of what I’m reading month by month. (I considered week by week, but I know I’d fall behind. A month at a time is so much less commitment. So here we are. One month down, eleven more to go. Finished this month 1. Mort by Terry Pratchett […]

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Battle of the Saints

The galleon’s shadow

I In the islet’s museum there is a twisted wine bottle, crusted with fool’s gold from the iron- cold depth below the redoubt. It has been listed variously by experts: one, that a galleon blown by a hurricane out of Cartagena, this far east, had bled a trail of gold bullion and wine from its […]

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“This is how, one sunrise, we cut down them canoes.” Philoctete smiles for the tourists, who try taking his soul with their cameras. “Once wind bring the news to the laurier-cannelles, their leaves start shaking the minute the axe of sunlight hit the cedars, because they could see the axes in our own eyes. Wind […]

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The Vast Aggregate of Words

The vast aggregate of words and phrases which constitutes the Vocabulary of English-speaking men presents, to the mind that endeavors to grasp it as a definite whole, the aspect of one of those nebulous masses familiar to the astronomer, in which a clear and unmistakable nucleus shades off on all sides, through zones of decreasing […]

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Immediate Book Meme

My favorite book meme from Darwin Catholic. Mrs Darwin is playing again and I thought I’d join in again. What are you reading? 1. What book are you reading now? I’m bouncing between many books right now, but mainly The Drovers Road Collection. It’s a trilogy of middle grade novels from Bethlehem books about life […]

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Splintered Fragments of True Light

“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew […]

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