August 10, 2010

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant of Variety of Posts

The man truly sounded like an angel as he ever so graciously assured us the population of the world will be Judeo-Christian. Incredulous, we asked how that could come to pass...He said: ‘When Christians realize who Christ is, all will come to know.’ - "Secrets of Mary"

I cannot speak for your age, Dear Reader, but already in our nineteenth century just approaching the two-thirds mark, tragedy was replacing comedy in the eyes and hearts and analytical minds of “serious readers.” Shakespeare’s tragedies were to be found on the stage more frequently than his brilliant comedies and they received more serious reviews and discussions. The sustained and profound humour of, say, a Chaucer or Cervantes was being replaced in the short list of masterpieces by the more serious tragedies and histories of both the classics and our contemporaries. - Drood: A Novel by Dan Simmons

[Robert] Frost gleaned his precise rhythms from the Puritan instinct to be parsimonious with words. His mother had been a Swedenborgian, which I think worsened things by mixing Puritan sobriety with unresolved mysticism. “Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on thee and I’ll forgive thy great big one on me.” A generation earlier that coyness had been Sturm und Drang: the background is hugeness and confusion, shading away into black and chaos. - George Rutler, "Cloud of Witnesses"

Dame Barbara [Cartland] knew that one can hardly be more lapsed than to have lapsed from the Church of England, as she threatened to do. “I know you don’t think our bishops are real bishops, but at least they used to be gentlemen and now they are not even that.” - George Rutler, "Cloud of Witnesses"

Let’s just hope we are...retired before this house of cards comes crashing down. - Corner author Kevin Williams quoting S&P structured-finance guy describing a deal he was working on

A former drunk myself, I have always believed the blackout to be a crude form of mystical union. I have come to prefer being (mostly) awake. But being awake is not for the faint of heart. In fact, a drunk, trying to imitate a pilgrim searching for the lost city of Kitezh, being shot by Werner Herzog, to create a film I am going to watch, alone, from a darkened Hollywood apartment, embodies almost more ecstatic truth than I can handle... - Heather King of "Shirt of Flame" blog fame

One of my chief goals in the coming year is to learn to have a meaningful online presence that doesn't involve debating issues. Online "debates" don't just hurt the social fabric, but also the selves who depend on the adrenaline jolt of disputation. - Alan Jacobs

Hearing live music was different. We did not have stereo cassettes in our ears all day and your compact discs to capture any kind of music in the history of the world. When music was difficult to find, it was very powerful. And the Gypsies themselves were men of fire, rustic gods who could enchant you and make you dizzy. - Prague: A Novel by Arthur Phillips

You should not look a gift universe in the mouth. - GK Chesterton

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