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As It Is On Earth

A Caesura in Dies Iovis: Ergo . . . The PEN/Hemingway Awards at the JFK Library – March 24, 2013

I thought visitors to Dies Iovis: Ergo… might enjoy some shots of the day at the JFK: Yes, that’s the back of Colm Toíbín’s head. He gave an endearing Keynote on Hemingway’s “unsaid.”               Cathy Chung (aut
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Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, Anxiolytics and The Hemingways: For Bloom The Bell Tolls

This weekend, I’m off to receive my PEN/Hemingway nod at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston. It’s a public ceremony, so come by and say hi if you’re in Boston. I say “nod” for a reason. That’s all Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country) and I – the
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Riding the Single Chair: Confessions of The Unsociable

Last week I wrote about Robespierre, The Incorruptible (DI:E…01.03.12). This week, it’s Me, The Unsociable. Riding the Single Chair…sounds like it could be either a Zen kōan or something from Vātsyāyana’s Kama Sutra, don’t you think? I do. But here I̵
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A doff of the cap to E.O. Wilson

A doff of the cap to E.O. Wilson who’s book Consilience made a real impression a few years back…a respectful but negative one. In As It Is On Earth, Dean Alvah Frankel takes a page from that book. Frankel turns back to Miryam, his smile icy. “Consilience, young lady, what we cal
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Explaining the Baltimore Orioles to Myself:

Years ago, I wrote a short story called The Life of Birds. In the story, a young somewhat adrift fellow named Ben oversees a small nature sanctuary. While leading a group of bird watchers through the forest, he points out a brightly colored orange and black oriole in the canopy. An of
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Something for the election season from Walker Percy:

Something for the election season: a favorite bit from The Moviegoer. “Whenever I feel bad, I go to the library and read controversial periodicals. Though I do not know whether I am a liberal or a conservative, I am nevertheless enlivened by the hatred which one bears the other. In fa
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Piss holes in a snowbank. This is another thing about eyes – some eyes, at least.

Last week, I wrote about seeing with instruments. That got me thinking again about what science shares with religion…as AIIOE’s ‘graying Jackson Pollock on the Mount’ asks about the rationale of Science’s Method…is Faith in Reason a Reasonable Faith? “And Science and Religion? D
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What are Richard Rorty and Walker Percy looking at?

Two of my favorite writers on their garden benches, a tree over each of their left shoulder, and their heads tilted slightly rightward…as if they share one of AIIOE’s character’s poignant tendency “to see the slant of things better that way.” In AIIOE, I was interest
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Names and Meanings

Firstly, a shout  out: to Mark Mathew Braunstein whose photograph of Mamacoke Island graces the cover of AIIOE  and to Andy Carpenter who found the photo, and then designed it into AIIOE’s lovely book jacket. Mamacoke Island plays a big role in the story. Its more than a place; its a
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Rivers & The Clash between the Earth and the World

In his essay, The Origin of the Work of Art, the philosopher Martin Heidegger made an important distinction between the Earth and the World. Roughly, the “Earth” is the biotic entity that precedes humanity, and the “World” is what humans make of the earth when
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