Saturday, December 06, 2008

Saturday's Marianne Moore

In blindly disparaging another, one shows merely that one envies him his realness and wishes that he were what one says he is.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 177

December 6, 2008

Optional memorial of St Nicholas, bishop.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Blog hiatus

From this afternoon until Monday afternoon. But I've programmed some posts to appear on Saturday and Sunday (liturgical calendar, Marianne Moore).

Friday's Marianne Moore

The aesthetic malcontent is out of court, for wherever there is art there is equilibrium --

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 176

December 5, 2008

Friday of the first week of Advent.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Cool memory meme

Stolen from Clairity Daily. (I wasn't tagged!)

Place the ones that are true for you in boldface.

Apparently, I don't have too many cool memories.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (DisneyWorld)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (in general)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

The book was Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy. Twelve hours or so, stopping only for a meal.

The first famous person that comes to mind is Seamus Heaney, ten years before his having been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

As for singing karaoke, not for the last five years, but my favorite song to inflict upon an audience was always Van Morrison's "Moondance." I have a limited vocal range, and "Moondance" is within its limits.

Debut of an online journal

We note the birth of The Christendom Review, an online journal of literature and the arts -- edited by Messrs Rick Barnett and William Luse. The editors hope that their endeavor will be "a place of rest, a point of insight or exhilaration, a sign of hope and grace."

Thursday's Marianne Moore

There cannot be too much excellence. Wilhelm Meister, Phineas Phinn, The Golden Bowl, The Lost Girl, Dubliners, Esther Waters, we may admire, and the shock of admiration may serve us as an incentive to writing, quite as may that which has been experienced by us; but like the impelling emotion of actual experience, literary excitement must be assimilated before it can be reproduced. Experiences recorded verbatim are not fiction and verbiage is not eloquence. Much may be learned by consciously noting the merits of other writers. Apperception is, however, quite different from a speedy exchange of one's individuality for that of another.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 162

December 4, 2008

Optional memorial of St John Damascene.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Wednesday's Marianne Moore

Romance is said to be inseparable from that which is sinister, and perhaps it is.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 133

December 3, 2008

Memorial of St Francis Xavier, priest.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tuesday's Marianne Moore

an attitude of being surprising in matters of personal freedom seems needless. The iron hand of unconvention can be heavier than the iron hand of convention; and heresy in respect to this or that orthodoxy is perhaps a greater compliment to it than one sets out to pay, amounting really in the vehemence of protest, to subjection

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 147

December 2, 2008

Tuesday of the first week of Advent; old calendar, St Bibiana, virgin and martyr.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Thanks to the Curt Jester, Jeff Miller, for providing the code that enables his fellow bloggers to have a countdown to Christmas, and an Advent wreath!

Abbey road

I like the song ...

in this commercial:

Addendum, 12:35 pm : Snow! This morning! Walking home from church! It has since switched over to freezing rain ...

Sunday's Marianne Moore

In "Ego Dominus Tuus," the beautiful poetic dialogue which appeared first in Poetry and is reprinted here and in his latest prose volume, the poet [W. B. Yeats] would have us believe that great poems are the result of the poet's "opposite" image -- an expression of what the poet is not. I think this opposite, and not his little everyday thoughts and actions, is the poet; Dowson's drunkenness, and Dante's lecherous life, are somewhat beside the mark, as their effects on the poet's soul are mainly those of health and sickness. They are ethical and civil sins, but hardly poetic sins. Their scars on the poet are not of the same character as Turner's miserliness, or as malice, envy, etc. But even these, when present, are hardly more than masks of the poet's soul -- perhaps hardly more than masks of any soul; it is in his poems that the real soul can be seen.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 40

November 30, 2008

First Sunday of Advent.