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

So much has happened in a year

Namely a change in perspective on the arts: “I value music (and the other arts) precisely for those parts of their expressive and emotive force which are unlike language, not part of a sign system, not even easily described in language.” James Anderson Winn, The Pale of Words In other news, I finished my thesis.

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

performative

The GRE literature felt a bit better than I thought (knock on wood) though feeling that I didn’t have enough time to fully check my answers was unpleasant. We’ll see when we get the scores back. The student performance went ok too, with the exception of a jarring note near the end. I feel as … Continue reading

I have not blogged in a while.

Today brought with it the realization that I haven’t blogged for a while. I’ve been up to a lot of fun things lately since I got back to school. There’s never a shortage of stuff to do, and I’ve been busy having coffee meetings with various friends to talk about books, restaurant trips, and a … Continue reading