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"I’m very proud of not having a Ph.D. I think the Ph.D. system is an abomination."

"the intimidation by quantification practiced by Silver and the other data mullahs must be resisted"

The era of “the death of God” was a search for transcendence outside religion.

"I see these days, in young aspiring poets, a phenomenal complacency regarding form, a prejudice that allows them to arrive at adulthood having been convinced somehow that rhyme and meter and pattern are things of the past. I’ve met teenagers who with the solemnity of priesthood have jettisoned all the forms there are. Except for what — except for the form of a figure figuring there’s no form.
That’s all you have? What you reckon? What you’ve come up with? In the face of time?”
Glyn Maxwell, On Poetry

"I see these days, in young aspiring poets, a phenomenal complacency regarding form, a prejudice that allows them to arrive at adulthood having been convinced somehow that rhyme and meter and pattern are things of the past. I’ve met teenagers who with the solemnity of priesthood have jettisoned all the forms there are. Except for what — except for the form of a figure figuring there’s no form.

That’s all you have? What you reckon? What you’ve come up with? In the face of time?”

Glyn Maxwell, On Poetry

Even if I knew what to say about this new Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek) track, I don’t think I could do justice to its loveliness.

Lately I’ve been singing in a vocal trio called Kill Dull Cares. We’re going to perform a few numbers at this wonderful event on Saturday.

Wouldn’t you like to come?

Limbo

Fishermen at Ballyshannon
Netted an infant last night
Along with the salmon.
An illegitimate spawning,

A small one thrown back
To the waters. But I’m sure
As she stood in the shallows
Ducking him tenderly

Till the frozen knobs of her wrists
Were dead as the gravel,
He was a minnow with hooks
Tearing her open.

She waded in under
The sign of the cross.
He was hauled in with the fish.
Now limbo will be

A cold glitter of souls
Through some far briny zone.
Even Christ’s palms, unhealed,
Smart and cannot fish there.

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)

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"The question was summed up for him thus: "If I do not accept the answers Christianity gives to the problems of my life, what answers do I accept?" And in the whole arsenal of his convictions, so far from finding any satisfactory answers, he was utterly unable to find anything at all like an answer.

He was in the position of a man seeking food in toy shops and tool shops.

Instinctively, unconsciously, with every book, with every conversation, with every man he met, he was on the lookout for light on these questions and their solution.

What puzzled and distracted him above everything was that the majority of men of his age and circle had, like him, exchanged their old beliefs for the same new convictions, and yet saw nothing to lament in this, and were perfectly satisfied and serene. So that, apart from the principal question, Levin was tortured by other questions too. Were these people sincere? he asked himself, or were they playing a part? or was it that they understood the answers science gave to these problems in some different, clearer sense than he did? And he assiduously studied both these men’s opinions and the books which treated of these scientific explanations.

One fact he had found out since these questions had engrossed his mind, was that he had been quite wrong in supposing from the recollections of the circle of his young days at college, that religion had outlived its day, and that it was now practically non-existent. All the people nearest to him who were good in their lives were believers. The old prince, and Lvov, whom he liked so much, and Sergey Ivanovitch, and all the women believed, and his wife believed as simply as he had believed in his earliest childhood, and ninety-nine hundredths of the Russian people, all the working people for whose life he felt the deepest respect, believed.

Another fact of which he became convinced, after reading many scientific books, was that the men who shared his views had no other construction to put on them, and that they gave no explanation of the questions which he felt he could not live without answering, but simply ignored their existence and attempted to explain other questions of no possible interest to him, such as the evolution of organisms, the materialistic theory of consciousness, and so forth.”

— Anna Karenina, Part Eight, Chapter 8

My friends and ex-bandmates Kid Millions and Brad Truax killed it with J. Spaceman last night.

(And don’t miss Kid aka John Colpitts in the new issue of n+1…)

➜ "Chris Lee has the stage presence of an angel. He can shatter hearts with his pure, lovely voice."
➜ "there isn’t a weak cut on Bury The Kings"

I’m going to play a short solo set this Thursday 11/15 at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Christopher Street, joining some fine singers and players. Doors at 7 p.m., admission $10, and all proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

"like Will Oldham spoofing Stevie Wonder (or vice versa)"

"like Will Oldham spoofing Stevie Wonder (or vice versa)"

“someone should be lighting candles and passing out cupcakes”
THEME BY PARTI