Pliny, Beautiful Living
February 1, 2024

The Classive Tradition: A Personal Consideration This book is the script of a proposed nine-part video presentation that tells the story of us, the US, these United States, the culmination of the world’s Classive expression of Civic Art.   Ours is a Classive Tradition, a form of thought humane in practice, beautiful in design, true…

January 1, 2024

The Houses of God   There is a pattern in our bones, a memory of what we are before we are.  So it is in the stones of the church, basilica, and cathedral, life ascending from time before memory to a future beyond sight.  By choice or by chance, all things come to be.  So…

August 1, 2022

Colloquies: A Review of Civilization in Little Songs   Nations come and nations go, kingdoms are mostly gone, China intends empire, not certain its people do, though they are hungry for wealth, and are willing to consume the world’s resources, including yours.  Our nation will be gone, sooner or later; all nations fade away in…

Priapeia Poetry article mosaic
July 1, 2022

Paideia, Book I of Colloquies, A Review of Civilization in Little Songs   Wonder what Isocrates might have made of me.  A Greek, I suppose.  As ipso facto he did, just as he made you, Greek.  We are who we are by how we know of what we are, universally, biologically, creatures who can know…

Pliny, Beautiful Living
June 1, 2022

Classical Poets and Expansive Poetry When you come to be my age (God willing, you do) patterns reveal themselves, show themselves more real than real, mutable things.  But then, alike you, I have always seen patterns, and this the cause, I suppose, that we are classical poets.  Something about the pattern patterning, God’s universe, the…

Pliny, Beautiful Living
March 1, 2022

Beautiful Living, Considered   Having never been to Heaven, as far as I remember, I cannot speak of heavenly beauty, of life in the eternal divine.  And yet, I have read accounts of those who have visited Heaven, some few of the thousands who relate near-death experiences, and I have read and have considered Swedenborg’s…

December 1, 2021

ARCHITECTURAL .ART Architecture is an art, a craft, a practical necessity.  Sometimes, architecture is man’s grandeur writ large: Saint Peter’s Basilica, The Parthenon, Taj Mahal, Le Mont-Saint-Michel, The Pantheon.  Sometimes architecture is foolishness scribbled everywhere: The Guggenheim, Dancing House, Niterói Contemporary, Le Centre Pompidou, The Gherkin.  Lately, the art of architecture has been an absurdity…

October 15, 2021

As for myself, I cannot imagine the Mid-Century Modern sans steel and glass.  Steel, glass, and technology is the sine qua non of the old-fashioned “Modern“.  And, steel and glass, and energy-efficiency is the sine qua non of the new modern.*  Trouble is, the old steel and glass are expensive, mostly energy consuming … ever…

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