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“Culture is in its most intimate intent a heroic denial of creatureliness.”

For those of us who have not suffered a life-changing loss, reading these books can be shocking. I think of, for instance, when I first read Roland Barthes’s almost unbearable Mourning Diary, about the death of his mother. Barthes was a true mama’s boy, having lived with his mother for virtually all his adult life,… Continue reading “Culture is in its most intimate intent a heroic denial of creatureliness.”

Books · Poetry · Quotes

“Now there are some things we all know, but we don’t take’m out an and look at’m very often.”

We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody in their bones knows that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for… Continue reading “Now there are some things we all know, but we don’t take’m out an and look at’m very often.”