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


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

echo of a tune we have not heard

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things – the beauty, the memory of our own past – are good images of what … Continue reading

Different kind of failure

Page 163, about Eliot’s conversion: “For in poetry, belief need play no part; and, within Eliot’s own work, the structure of orthodox faith and the language or devotion are broken apart in order to make room for something much stranger and more tenuous, like the sound of someone crying in an empty church.” From the … Continue reading