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Collected Thoughts

An excerpt from A Different Acquaintance, by D. L. Pughe The porcelain room of the great fortress of Würzburg is in a high archway connecting one enormous chilly stone chamber to the next. Those rooms are warmed only by massive … Continue reading

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Jean Vigo’s Zero de Conduite

Jean Vigo made Zéro de conduite in 1933 and it was banned in France until 1945 out of government fear that it would be an incitement for boarding school boys to misbehave. It was revolutionary and anarchistic. In October 1933, … Continue reading

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Shivatime

The dentist and her assistant move in unison, four hands in silence passing tools and cotton, suction and light. The dance of women’s fingers beyond words. Aware of all of it or none; drifting off to the night I held … Continue reading

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The Ordeal of Richard Feverel

This passage refers to the previous post on E. M. Forster’s Howard’s End:  Connecting with Nature in Forster’s Forests The Ordeal of Richard Feverel by George Meredith is referred to by Mr. Bast in Howard’s End as leading to his own … Continue reading

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The Child of the Open Sea

  This short poetic story is by Jules Supervielle, a French poet who spent much of his life in Montevideo,Uruguay. How had that floating street been created? What sailors, with the aid of what architects, had built it in mid-Atlantic, … Continue reading

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In the Waters of Regard

 an essay by D. L. Pughe What becomes of those creatures who find our way into our homes so far removed from the wilds?  How do we reckon with our desire to know and understand them?  And how do we … Continue reading

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In the Thick of the Woods

This is an excerpt from A Different Acquaintance by D. L. Pughe Mayer thought himself a creature of the forest, familiar with dark thickets in the still of the night. Perhaps he was a deer, but he knew his slow, … Continue reading

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