It begins, as most things begin, with a song.

The idea of music’s power is deeply ingrained into daily living, from ideas about what we get from the musical experience, to fears about its pervasiveness, to our creation myths. I’m somewhat obsessed with the idea of a sung creation myth, where it is not merely the words that “speak” everything into being, but the tune. Think … Continue reading

old dispensation

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. It’s January 1st, and like Eliot said, “next year’s words await another voice.” At this time last year, I was thinking about my thesis. At this time the thesis is finished, and I still have three schools to apply … Continue reading

Not that this helps, but…

I was thinking tonight that the difficulty I had in reading “Burnt Norton” was because I don’t think I have wrestled enough with the great paradoxes of spiritual experience lately. Like in how time and timelessness is related — God is outside of time, humans are in time, the Incarnation is the thing that unites … Continue reading

Do I dare? Literature Inspired Art

I’m all for literature-inspired art. Saw this on Facebook the other day, and I think it’s pretty cool. About the inspiration for this project, the artist, Evan Robertson, wrote, That’s the spirit of this series of illustrations. I took little snippets of text and ideas from some of my favorite authors (with some notable exceptions that … Continue reading


poems like the Waste Land are so easy in that regard. one read is enough to stay in baffled amazement, though perhaps with a consciousness of how the words feel as they are strung together. but to get at the beginning of an understanding? i don’t want people to be left merely with the feeling of … Continue reading

thesis stuff

Epiphany at 1 AM in the morning while struggling through Discovering Modernism by Louis Menand: “I study T.S. Eliot.” Does it sound pretentious that I decided to work my thesis on one of the hardest poems in the English language? That question is something I struggle with from time to time, especially when trying to explain … Continue reading