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Aesthetic "therapy"

I have been musing on Rebecca Solnit’s text in which she writes about the Romantics’ “new” appreciation of Nature. I was particularly struck by her research about how in Europe, and among the Eurocentric American colonizers, pre-Romantic era society considered mountains not only dangerous but also “ugly” (in… 415 more words

Poetry

What is Puritanism?

In our sessions at Old City Hall, Richard Cocks and I often exchange ideas with our friend Richard Fader – a true Christian gentleman whom we both greatly admire – and among the recurrent topics is that of Puritanism.  2,607 more words

Civilizational Twilight

The unnaturality of wine

“Any aesthetic involves artifice, not nature. A landscape or a bird’s song – no matter how beautiful, are not aesthetic phenomena – while a painting of a landscape or a musical composition that echoes the bird’s song are. 1,110 more words

Brokenness

Brokenness

Sometimes I wonder,
Is it the brokenness
which holds the world together?
a crack that still holds parts?

Is it the brokenness that
unveils the Whole? 121 more words

Decadence

Translated: One of the Greatest Poems of Our Era: "Adam" by Deleveau

Here is a translation of “Adam” by Delaveau (translated by me, Webster Young, Founder) . I have shown it to the poet and we are still considering it. 329 more words

Culture