Beautiful reflections by Calvin College literature professor Jane Zwart on William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying and Easter: As I Lay Dying: He is Risen Indeed – THE TWELVE
I love Christmas carols and I would have a hard time choosing my favorite, but as a historian—and a specialist on the American Civil War, particularly—I have always been deeply moved by “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
Historian Robert Tracy McKenzie recounts the story of this Civil War Christmas carol in this post at his blog: “FOR HATE IS STRONG AND MOCKS THE SONG”: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS CAROL | Faith and History
Bibliomania? Book lovers and collectors in 19th-century Europe feared becoming a victim of the pseudo-illness.
As for me, I have managed to be cured–sort of: Bibliomania, the Dark Desire For Books That Infected Europe in the 1800s | Atlas Obscura
Historian Joseph Loconte reminds us of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago–and its effects on British officer J.R.R. Tolkien: How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front – The New York Times
Did you know that women used to have a recognizable “style” of writing? (See above.) Some fascinating historical perspective on handwriting is provided by Cara Giaimo at Atlas Obscura: The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting | Atlas Obscura
Here’s an obvious truth: I am somewhat ambivalent about religion—and not simply the institutional manifestations, which even a saint could hate, but sometimes, too many times, all of it, the very meat of it, the whole goddamned shebang. Here’s another: I believe that the question of faith—which is ultimately separable from the question of “religion”—is the single most important question that any person asks in and of her life, and that every life is an answer to this question, whether she has addressed it consciously or not.
So observes Christian Wiman in a profound essay on faith, poetry, children, etc. at: The American Scholar: I Will Love You in the Summertime – Christian Wiman
Friend Jim Schaap (a Manfred expert) writes:
I hope you’ll agree there is some beauty in this image, an elegance to what Emerson called snow’s “frolic architecture,” something dazzling or graceful in its loveliness. That having been said, no one would really want to be here. It’s ten below. Even a buffalo would move south. The Revenant is a film-making masterpiece that’s both beautiful and just plain awful … Read More