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Lineation as Aide-memoire

From Alice’s encounter with the Duchess (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 9) I quite agree with you,” said the Duchess; “and the moral of that is — ‘Be what you would seem to be’ — or if you’d like it … Continue reading

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Memorable Monologue on Memory

Still Alice (2014) Dr. Alice Howland: Good morning. It’s an honor to be here. The poet Elizabeth Bishop once wrote: ‘the Art of Losing isn’t hard to master: so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that … Continue reading

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Two Takes on Terror or Resisting Being Terrorized

Sara Krulwich The people with AIDS had very little time left and most were filled with fear. Fear of the disease. Fear of coming out. When someone would actually let me take their picture, it was an act of enormous … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Celebrant

Robert Priest poet. Robert Priest food lover. Robert Priest celebrant. And I picture this outflow of publications not only with images of beautifully designed books but with the concomitant imagery of beautiful celebratory meals, generously put on and attended by … Continue reading

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What Is Remembered: The Long View

Lorna Finlayson There is no sense in which my great-uncle, who died at the Somme along with hundreds of thousands of others, gave his life for my freedom. He was cannon fodder in a needless imperial war which created fertile … Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Magic?

Philip Pullman in The Guardian presents the case for a way of seeing connectedness. I’m relying on poetry to make this point because I think that poetry itself is a kind of enchantment. The effect that certain lines and images … Continue reading

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Time & Space: chronobiopolitics

Knowledge keeper, Kim Wheatley refers to these acknowledgements as “necessities” not “niceties”. The sign reads: The TDSB Outdoor Education Schools acknowledge the land that we are situated on is the traditional territories of the Aboriginal founding Peoples of the Great … Continue reading

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Sink, Swim, Sense

Northrop Frye in By Liberal Things [his address upon his installation as Principal of Victoria College, 1959] invites us to contemplate the ingrainedness of practice. It rehearses for me the triple notions of immersion, acculturation and perception. The kind of … Continue reading

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Greek Sleep

A charming passage on the effect of soporifics on the ability to quote Greek… one almost falls asleep trying to keep track of who is quoting who. I have always said — and have proved by experiment — that the … Continue reading

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On David and Florence

History turning to an account of reading for pathos. A statue becomes emblematic of the city. Those who are more astute, of course, brave the long lines outside the Accademia in order to see David in his authentic and inimitable … Continue reading

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