Abraham and Isaac, by Anthony van Dyck, c.1617. Shacharit, the set of prayers recited by Jews in the morning, consists of several sections. One of them, the "Preliminary Prayers," contains, among other things, the first nineteen verses of the Book of Genesis, Chapter 22. Jews refer to these nineteen verses as the Akedah or Akedat … Continue reading “Jeeves!” “Sir?”
Post Card, Redwood Tourist Court, Jackson Mississippi. "Now I want you to tell me just one thing more. Why do you hate the South?”“I dont hate it,” Quentin said, quickly, at once, immediately; “I dont hate it,” he said. I dont hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark: … Continue reading I Don’t Hate It!
The Metamorphosis of Narcissus. Salvador Dali, 1937. From time to time, I ask myself why I write. I'm not obsessed with the question; at least, I don't think I am. However, I do feel that I ought to have some idea of why I spend so much time writing. I have answers for why I … Continue reading Congenitally Self-Centered
Return of the Scouts from Canaan. Rijksmuseum / Wikimedia Commons. When I was in college, my music theory teacher once told me that she and the Chair of the English Department would get together from time to time to listen to music. Their purpose was not merely pleasure. Instead, armed with pens and paper, they … Continue reading Different Emotional Directions