Twin Towers of the Intellect

Both the theologian, advancing abstract definitions of Deity as the Ground of Being, transcendent of language and intellection, the impersonal prime mover, hardly so limited and vengeful and silly as an Old-Bearded-Man-in-the-Sky, as the theologically uninformed would suppose It; and…

An Alternate Second Half of the Aeneid

A story about Virgil on his deathbed, possibly apocryphal, tells how he ordered his literary executors to destroy the Aeneid because it was imperfect; that he preferred that the poem die rather than go forth with a syllable out of…

“Who are the modern heirs of James Joyce?”

The New York Times Book Review has instituted a new feature recently, in which they pose a question to a pair of writer-critics. Generally the answers are constrained by the word-limits imposed by the newspaper-article format and pervasive historical nearsightedness.…

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