Quotes, quotes, football, quotes. I know, sorry. The blog has become a seldom-varying quote-factory. Oh well, that has some value...to cause a smile, to provoke thought, to stoke ancient prejudices into a burning inferno of hate. Well, maybe not that last one. I am debating whether to commence, or dispense, with the "I'm really busy" line. I have been busy, painting and in-general carrying out my … [Read more...] about News of Misc.
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." C. S. Lewis … [Read more...] about Irrepressible
Via the Canon Press Blog, a list (orginally in Publisher's Weekly) from a survey of why readers buy a book... 1. Friend’s recommendation - 49% 2. Familiarity with author - 45% 3. Description on jacket - 32% 4. Reviews - 22% 5. Advertisement - 21% 6. Place on bestsellers list - 17% 7. Reading group pick - 16% 8. Cover design - 12% The moral of the story is, I think, that I need to get to … [Read more...] about What Causes You to Buy a Book? (please don’t say “nothing”)
For My Gina If marriage is a prison Then I am happily jailed with you Who convict-like have robbed me Of the incomplete life I knew Now life has new meaning And while our new is getting old In time we find our love’s more rich That piles of gleaming gold And I would rather have you Than whatever else there is Than independent days without you And the loneliness I … [Read more...] about Cheers, for Eight Years
The fact is that if the writer’s attention is on producing a work of art, a work that is good in itself, he is going to take great pains to control every excess, everything that does not contribute to this central meaning and design. He cannot indulge in sentimentality, in propagandizing, or in pornography and create a work of art, for all these things are excesses. They call attention to … [Read more...] about Proper Limits
As the Ruin Falls by C.S. Lewis All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you. I never had a selfless thought since I was born. I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through: I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn. Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek, I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin: I talk of love --a scholar's parrot may talk Greek-- But, … [Read more...] about “…the pains you give…”
As a U.S. American who has lived in South Africa, and such, but not in the Iraq, I have great appreciation for this fine answer. I know this is old, but...wow... … [Read more...] about I personally believe that this never gets old
"An author should never conceive himself as bringing into existence beauty or wisdom which did not exist before, but simply and solely as trying to embody in terms of his own art some reflection of eternal Beauty and Wisdom." C.S. Lewis in "Christianity and Literature" picture from nightskyinfo.com … [Read more...] about Reflection