Category Archives: fragments of culture

rhyme being no necessary adjunct or true ornament

One of the problems with turning more time and attention towards prose fiction writing is that it leaves even less time and attention for the more instant gratification of blogging. Anyway, I wrapped up volume three of In Search of … Continue reading

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love’s neverdoneing lawlessness

I’ve talked a lot about pop-culturey stuff on this blog, so perhaps one way to ease into a somewhat different kind of normal is to talk about it from an angle I rarely do: music. A little over a decade … Continue reading

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Recherche

At a certain point I think it’d be good to attempt a more positive explication here of where I’m at, faith-wise, where I find myself in the Anglican communion and so forth. But maybe later: Although I’m no longer writhing … Continue reading

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Thinking of divers things fore-known

I’m not quite sure how to get this blog back into a place of normality again. Assuming, of course, that I can arrive at an understanding of what “normal” is supposed to look like here, where there has been no … Continue reading

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End of an era

Let’s do a movie thing. It’s been a while. Writer-director Whit Stillman is probably the closest thing American cinema has to a Jane Austen, in that his movies tend to be comedies of manners about insular, WASPish social circles with … Continue reading

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Brute beauty

The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins To Christ our Lord I caught this morning morning’s minion, king- dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he … Continue reading

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La filette revolutionaire

The trouble is that it’s already been over a month since I wrapped up my Ulysses re-read; I may need to go back at it again if I want to keep writing about it. This whole thing is threatening to … Continue reading

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usylessly unreadable Blue Book of Eccles (part I of ??!)

  Now for the good stuff. In rereading Ulysses and dipping into Finnegans Wake and Richard Ellmann’s biography of James Joyce, it’s become clear that the man is one of those artists who I have a foundational, yet utterly complicated … Continue reading

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Rabbits

Again, I promised books. But this post has already been delayed, and I want to say something about The Favourite before it becomes a distant memory: although I’m not sure I can honestly say I liked it more than Spider-Verse, … Continue reading

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Sorry guys this is a literary blog now

So I’ve wrapped up Moby-Dick, which is a fine book. Though admittedly I was a tad relieved when the epilogue came and went. I usually like to do a “best books I read this year” kind of list around new … Continue reading

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