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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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Some Thoughts on Contingency, Irony and Solidarity

“Back and forth I paced, probing the floor with seamless and well-constructed arguments. Then, rearing back, I would thrust irrefutable conclusions into the ceiling. Chalk crumbled in my hand and flew through space as I struck broad decisive strokes across the lecture hall slate
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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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Matryoshka dolls and A Brief History of Time…

If it is true that we as individuals are actually the sum of what has gone before us, i.e.,  the historical context within which we find ourselves (living at a particular time, in a particular place, from within a particular family) – or as my narrator Taylor Thatcher suggests: “It wa
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As It Is On Earth has Launched!

The image here is a favorite – the Iranian government’s use of Adobe Photoshop to boost their arsenal. As It Is On Earth has launched as well, as of this morning – a week early to accommodate all those pre-orders…in this case, many copies are just fine. Return to Dies Iovis: Erg
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The Brooklyn Rail & As It Is On Earth

I’m not sure what to make of being called a ‘renaissance man’ in the September issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Surely it is flattering, and I greatly appreciated Scott Cheshire’s (author of the debut novel High as the Horses’ Bridles, forthcoming from Henry H
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Interview with Peter Wheelwright in Metropolis Magazine

Susan S. Szenazy interviewed me for Metropolis Magazine
A few weeks back, Susan S. Szenasy interviewed me for Metropolis Magazine, the New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design. Her interview with me is  now on their website.  Susan is the editor of Metropolis. She is also the author of several books on design, and
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