Naimisha Forest

The Boundless Bright Air

An unforgettable moment in the Iliad comes at the end of Book 8.  Having beaten back the Greeks after a day of hard fighting, the Trojans determine to camp on the battlefield and press home their attack the next morning - unsuspecting that the gods have already fated them to ultimate defeat. Weary but exultant, the Trojans

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November 09, 2017

Buying a Smiley

I don't now remember the sequence of clicks that brought me to the Amazon page for John le Carré’s new George Smiley novel “A Legacy of Spies. Maybe I was set off down that path by one of the several marketing emails the kindly internet titan sends me daily. Or perhaps I was already on the site browsing idly as a . . .

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November 08, 2017

Marx - Only 160 Years Too Early on China and the West

In June 1853 the New York Daily Tribune published an article by Karl Marx on "Revolution in China and in Europe."  This is Marx in typical form, combining a brilliant explanatory model of the past and present with bold yet quite mistaken predictions about the future - the opposite of the damned in Dante's Inferno, who could see the . . .

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November 06, 2017

Entertainment of an Improving Kind

 

" This is the tale of a tragic dynasty;
a narrative of hatred, honor, courage,
of virtue, love, ideals and wickedness,
and of a war so terrible, it marked
the threshold between one age and the next.
 
We approach the story through Ugrashravas,
singer of ancient songs, a traveling poet
who wandered the world . . .

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November 05, 2017

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