Saturday, July 09, 2005 +

Pope John Paul the Great?

Perhaps—but what if we now need a pope who is greater?

02005 07 09 +

Saw on DVD Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice.


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Egypt 1

Egypt 1 2 3

See also the City series.

Notes 119

How can intelligent, learned, observant, well-intentioned men and women be such fools?

Friday, July 08, 2005 +


My computer display at work has as its background a bigger and clearer version of this image.

See City 4.

Notes 118

Art makes nothing happen—immediately.

Wendell Berry on Intentional Communities

From the ploughboy interview: Wendell Berry (1973):

PLOWBOY: In the face of that kind of cultural pressure, it takes a conscious effort to reinstate the ceremony and ritual in our lives. Many intentional communities are trying to generate this kind of awareness and stability . . . .

BERRY: But I'm much more interested in the results of accidental communities that have formed by fate and fortune and circumstance. The intentional community seems to me a rather escapist idea, sort of a new version of the white citizen's council. I thought that's what we were trying to get away from. I think the idea that you can have an intentional community is about as misleading as saying you can have an intentional life. If you're going to have a decent and stable community, you've got to produce the cultural and social forms by which to deal with the unexpected and the undesirable. The intentional community idea assumes that when you say love your neighbor as yourself you have some kind of right to go out and pick your neighbor. I think that the ideal of loving your neighbor has to take on the possibility that he may be somebody you're going to have great difficulty loving or liking or even tolerating.

More good Berrys:

A young fellow came up to me after one of those meetings [on college academic requirements] and said, "I've never had a foreign language and I want you to tell me why I should take French. I'm studying agriculture, not literature." "Well," I said, "if you don't know, I can't tell you. That's why you take French for two or three or four years, to learn why you should take it."

The fact is that a great deal that's necessary and satisfying to know is not pleasant to learn.

What I'm saying is that the young have had lots of praisers and lots of detractors but few critics which is really a way of saying they've had few friends.

A farmer, who's a neighbor of mine and probably the oldest friend I've got in the world, had told me, "They'll never do worth a damn as long as they've got two choices." That's the most important thing that's been said to me in the last couple of years. It illuminates the meaning of marriage. When you believe in a thing enough so that you eliminate the second choice, forsake all others, then you're married to it. So we decided that this place would have to be our fate and that we'd stay here no matter what happened as long as life was possible. That decision changed us and became a kind of metaphor of our own marriage. Since then, life on this place has had a much different and fuller meaning for us.

Many of the things we're asked to call the blessings of progress are actually deforming diseases.



See also City 2.


Typeface: GLORY


GERALD MAY 1940 + 2005

Thursday, July 07, 2005 +









My Brother’s Names





Wednesday, July 06, 2005 +

Truly New

I happen to think that only in music have truly new directions been found, and that these are two and only two: electronic music and the 43-tone works and instruments of Harry Partch.
—Jacques Barzun, 1971

If Jacques was right, what then? what since? what now?

Tuesday, July 05, 2005 +

Progress of Mind?

“Max Planck tells us in his Autobiography that he does not believe that science progresses by the self-correcting action of minds. Rather, he thinks, the new ideas are promoted by the young as being new and especially theirs, and the old men with the wrong ideas eventually die off.”
—Barzun, Science: The Glorious Entertainment, New York, 1964, 15.


See also TYPEFACE.


Trying Blogger Images.

02005 06 05 +

After a week of being ill, Oliv went to her summer job for the first time.

Monday, July 04, 2005 +

Matthew 10:40-42

He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

So it does make a difference that the little I do I do for you.


Typeface: GLORY


Sunday, July 03, 2005 +

Bead Cross 5

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