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…

Pliny, Beautiful Living
September 15, 2021

Civic Art: The Progressive or the Classive   Remarks Delivered at the Cosmos, Club, Washington, D.C., 14 September, 2021: Progressive, or Classive Civic Art? When asked to join this panel, I wondered: “What might I, an old craftsman, contribute to a discussion of architecture and urbanism.  Yes, I’ve tinkered with civic planning, designed some little…

August 1, 2021

Perhaps your school-desk was alike my school-desk covered edge-to-edge in sketches.  The desk surface, as you know, is an almost perfect blank canvas, a clean slate, a tabula rasa*, of sorts, where knowledge acquired might be reflected eye to mind to hand, to nun who might correct wayward drawing knuckles with a smart, wood-ruler, snap,…

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