Visions: St. Matthew’s chapel

The incredible stained glass windows in St. Matthew’s episcopal chapel in Sugar Hill are unsigned, but attributed to Tiffany. I have been lurking (attending services?) around this beautiful little chapel for weeks — on the outside, it’s like a mini-church from a train set; on the inside, it’s like the hull of a wooden ship.

Visions: St. Matthew’s chapel

The incredible stained glass windows in St. Matthew’s episcopal chapel in Sugar Hill are unsigned, but attributed to Tiffany. I have been lurking (attending services?) around this beautiful little chapel for weeks — on the outside, it’s like a mini-church from a train set; on the inside, it’s like the hull of a wooden ship.

This article in today’s Times on Modernist meta-comicbook “Asterios Polyp”

This article in today’s Times on Modernist meta-comicbook “Asterios Polyp”

vocab

ba·thym·e·try n1. the measurement of the depth of large bodies of water, for example, lakes, oceans, and seas2. the data obtained by the use of bathymetry

vocab

ba·thym·e·try n1. the measurement of the depth of large bodies of water, for example, lakes, oceans, and seas2. the data obtained by the use of bathymetry

vocab

dot·age Pronunciation: \ˈdō-tij\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from doten to dote Date: 14th century : a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness

vocab

dot·age Pronunciation: \ˈdō-tij\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from doten to dote Date: 14th century : a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness

Robert Lowell

Am currently reading Robert Lowell’s collected, and having that experience where a writer who previously seemed lifeless to me, suddenly seems utterly gripping and poignantly odd, fantastic, even – Anyway, I’m at “Life Studies” and I do realize things might go downhill from here, but all I really want to point out are these bizarre and amazing little snippets that punctuate his often oddly enjambed or rhymed or seemingly well-formed pieces – It’s as if snark and genius just shimmer in the otherwise fairly normal surface of his poems: “watery martini pipe dreams” “grasshopper notes of genius!” “fauve ooze for…

Robert Lowell

Am currently reading Robert Lowell’s collected, and having that experience where a writer who previously seemed lifeless to me, suddenly seems utterly gripping and poignantly odd, fantastic, even – Anyway, I’m at “Life Studies” and I do realize things might go downhill from here, but all I really want to point out are these bizarre and amazing little snippets that punctuate his often oddly enjambed or rhymed or seemingly well-formed pieces – It’s as if snark and genius just shimmer in the otherwise fairly normal surface of his poems: “watery martini pipe dreams” “grasshopper notes of genius!” “fauve ooze for…

Wild wisdom

Andrew quoted this passage from Emerson in an e-mail to me today: “Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear. In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest…

Wild wisdom

Andrew quoted this passage from Emerson in an e-mail to me today: “Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear. In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest…

“Now, all art which has only two dimensions, that of the work and that of the spectator, can create only a platitude, since it is no more than the capture of a shopwindow spectacle by a painter-voyeur. Depth is born only at the moment when the spectacle itself slowly turns its shadow toward man and begins to look at him.”– Roland Barthes, The World as Object Yesterday, reading Barthes’ collected essays, I became convinced I needed to start up keeping a journal again – his essay “Deliberation” discusses with grace and humility the difficulties of keeping a journal – so…

“Now, all art which has only two dimensions, that of the work and that of the spectator, can create only a platitude, since it is no more than the capture of a shopwindow spectacle by a painter-voyeur. Depth is born only at the moment when the spectacle itself slowly turns its shadow toward man and begins to look at him.”– Roland Barthes, The World as Object Yesterday, reading Barthes’ collected essays, I became convinced I needed to start up keeping a journal again – his essay “Deliberation” discusses with grace and humility the difficulties of keeping a journal – so…

Vocab gleened from Roland Barthes

ap·o·lo·gi·a na formal, usually written, defense or justification of a belief, theory, or policy (formal) re·gent n1. somebody who rules on behalf of a monarch who is unable to rule because of youth, illness, or absence2. any of various officers of a university, especially a member of the governing board adjruling as a regent car·a·cole or car·a·col nin dressage, a half turn to the left or right performed by a horse and rider vtito perform or cause a horse to perform a caracole dem·i·urge n1. a very strong, driving, and influential force or personality (formal)2. a public magistrate in some…

Vocab gleened from Roland Barthes

ap·o·lo·gi·a na formal, usually written, defense or justification of a belief, theory, or policy (formal) re·gent n1. somebody who rules on behalf of a monarch who is unable to rule because of youth, illness, or absence2. any of various officers of a university, especially a member of the governing board adjruling as a regent car·a·cole or car·a·col nin dressage, a half turn to the left or right performed by a horse and rider vtito perform or cause a horse to perform a caracole dem·i·urge n1. a very strong, driving, and influential force or personality (formal)2. a public magistrate in some…