Being, Continued

Friday, 19 March 2010, 22:09 | Category : Uncategorized
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The conversation on being is getting interesting. This poem of mine from a couple of years ago might show how I like to use the word–playfully, and bringing out its linguistic oddity. Maybe a companion piece to Mary Freeman’s good poem in the comments to the last post. Let Be Weeding, I disturb a bee […]

Being and Heidegger

Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 11:24 | Category : Uncategorized
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I am reading another dissertation on Heidegger–a rather good one, I might add. But I am struck by a disturbing thought about this very influential philosopher. The first concerns the central importance for his philosophy of the word “being” (“Sein” in German). I wonder whether there is such a thing (quality, action, process, event) as […]

Who is the Best Film Maker in the World Today?

Saturday, 23 January 2010, 11:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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That, in my humble opinion, is Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki mines all human myths, all genres, even our dreams. His peaceful flooded landscapes–Spirited Away, Ponyo–are the landscapes of the physical soul, where we can see the prehistoric fish of our own dreadful and beautiful submarine powers swimming calmly below the surface of consciousness. One third of […]

Evolution and Natural Law

Tuesday, 12 January 2010, 22:41 | Category : Uncategorized
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I sent this little book–which contains my thinking about how natural law, both moral and legal, might be revived and put to use in the chaos following modernist and postmodernist attempts to generate binding principles of human conduct–to two publishers, one conservative, one liberal. The conservative one politely turned it down, though it had come […]

Rinse and Repeat

Monday, 30 November 2009, 8:58 | Category : Uncategorized
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The “rinse and repeat” instruction line on shampoo bottles is a beautiful illustration of the tight interconnection of self-inclusion paradoxes, time, quotation marks, levels of abstraction, consciousness, and the evolution of the universe. Very few people are found dead in showers, their heads rotted away by infinitely iterated applications of shampoo. But the instruction line […]

A Better Reading Version of the Tang Poets

Tuesday, 4 August 2009, 13:51 | Category : Uncategorized
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There is now a better version of my Tang anthology.  I hope this works.

The Chinese Tang Poets: A New Translation

Thursday, 23 July 2009, 7:33 | Category : Uncategorized
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I am uploading my collection of Tang period poetry in translation as a gift to my Chinese friends and to lovers of poetry everywhere. It is a unique translation among the many that have been attempted, since it is the only one that tries to reproduce the metrical form and sound and cadence of the […]

Poems from Vietnam

Thursday, 16 July 2009, 22:53 | Category : Uncategorized
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Hot Days in Vietnam A Travel Journal Tokyo Narita Airport 7/6/09 So maybe old men ought to be explorers; I sit among the naïve Nippon young On my quixotic journey to Hanoi, Hearing the birdsong of another tongue. What are you searching for, for all these years? Perhaps that ancient gasp of wonder you Gave […]

To Vietnam

Saturday, 4 July 2009, 22:16 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m off to Hanoi tomorrow, to meet some old and dear acquaintances in the world of literature. I will be back in a week or so, and will blog it then.

My Mini-Play In Manhattan

Wednesday, 3 June 2009, 18:29 | Category : Uncategorized
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If you happen to be in New York June 11-28 my play “Shooting Fish in a Barrel” is being performed on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as one of 20 very very short plays by the Medicine Show (including 15 real zingers by William Saroyan). Here’s the announcement. MEDICINE SHOW presents MAKING MONEY AND NINETEEN […]