Category Archives: literature

to autumn

                    Pushkin’s favorite month was October. Spring starts out wet and raw and often wintry at the outset. Fall starts out just plain nice and within a couple of weeks or … Continue reading

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Çalikuşu (The Autobiography of a Turkish Girl) now available in a complete, new English translation

    The book is available on Amazon:                     Çalikuşu (The Wren) by Reşat Nuri Güntekin The Complete English Translation Parts 1-4 Translated from The Turkish by Sir Wyndham Deedes Part … Continue reading

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an early take by Walt Whitman on his conception of himself as America’s poet

    Walt Whitman began his writing career as a journalist. He was known early on for writing anonymous reviews of Leaves of Grass — in other words, reviewing himself, in laudatory terms. A motivation for his doing this was that … Continue reading

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“The Poet”

    In the “Divinity School Address” [given at Harvard Divinity School in 1838, Ralph Waldo] Emerson at times made it sound as though his understanding of Christ had transformed that figure into a type of the artist, a man … Continue reading

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house-building

The house-builder at work in cities or anywhere, The preparatory jointing, squaring, sawing, mortising, The hoist-up of beams, the push of them in their places, laying them regular, Setting the studs by their tenons in the mortises according as they were prepared, … Continue reading

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Beethoven; nature

  I was listening to the fifth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale) conducted by Simon Rattle:     “Hirtengesänge – Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm” (Shepherds’ song. Happy and thankful feelings after the storm). Great rendition. It … Continue reading

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bad advice

    “I judge a book by the impression it makes and leaves in my mind, by the feelings solely as I am no scholar.–—A story that touches and moves me, I can make others read and believe in.–—What I … Continue reading

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