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Tragic Sense Of Life

One doesn’t have to be Catholic, an existentialist, Spanish, nor indeed even a “believer” of any sort, to appreciate Miguel de Unamuno. One only needs an appreciation of a distinctive quality of mind — but that intellectual virtue, what with the prevailing lazy abridgments characteristic of ideologues, usually squawking the loudest — is in short supply…

The Mick Ronson Story

Chuffed to finally view The Mick Ronson Story who died on this day 25 years ago. Here is a fair critical review by Michael Bonner in Uncut. I was, as were the many there, very fortunate to have last seen Ronson, unbeknownst to us closing the circle with Ian Hunter and Bowie at the Freddie Mercury memorial…

9/11

Photograph from September 11 #9/11aestheticsArtblue dogBosch FawstindhimmitudeEjay WeissGeorge RodrigueislampaintingpigmanPoetryterrorismwendy rodrigueWisława Szymborska

Biographia Literaria

At a guess I’d say this would be in my top dozen all time favourite books. Thank you for making it freely available Project Gutenberg. Biographia Literarialiterary criticismphilosophical literaturePoetryProject GutenbergromanticismSamuel Taylor ColeridgeWordsworth

A. E. Housman

Died on this day. See Housman’s entry in Poetry Foundation. I came to know Housman through his classical scholarship and only much later got round to reading his poetry. Housman was a scathe merchant of the highest order, sometimes it felt like wrestling with a razor blade. One of my favorite quotes of his could well…