If Beale Street Could Talk

Yesterday morning there was a man in the lobby of my office building talking into his phone at an obscene volume. As we rode up in the elevator together – four or five of us – it became obvious that he was not like the rest of us and did not want to be. HeContinue reading “If Beale Street Could Talk”

James Joyce and the wild heart of life

There are things we don’t know and things we will never know. But as long as we live, we keep trying to figure them out. Great writers are one of the sources we turn to for answers or, failing that, insight. Here is James Joyce giving his insight into the fall, and the temptation precedingContinue reading “James Joyce and the wild heart of life”

Henry James, Student of Nature

“Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” Henry James I recently finished The Princess Casamassima by Henry James and wanted to write a post about his style of writing but soon realized it would take at least two – one on his powers of observation and the other on hisContinue reading “Henry James, Student of Nature”

The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

“We are accustomed to think of ourselves as emancipated people; we say that we are democratic, liberty-loving, free of prejudices and hatred. This is the melting-pot, the seat of a great human experiment. Beautiful words, full of noble idealistic sentiment. Actually we are a vulgar, pushing mob whose passions are easily mobilized by demagogues, newspaperContinue reading “The Air-Conditioned Nightmare”