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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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Being in Dog TIme

This essay by D. L. Pughe originally appeared in BARK Magazine. “An hour is not merely an hour, it is a vase full of scents and sounds and projects and climates, and what we call reality is a certain connection between these immediate … Continue reading

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Dispatching Echoes

  an excerpt from A Different Acquaintance, a novel by D. L. Pughe Mayer is on his side again, on a slim leather couch in the cramped but magical guest room of his old friend János, a professor at the … Continue reading

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Spinozahuis

This essay by D. L. Pughe first appeared in NEST Magazine. A few years ago I traveled to The Netherlands seeking out two of the homes of Spinoza which still remain. I wanted to see how he had lived, this … Continue reading

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The Lost Notebook of Aqueous Perspective

This essay by D. L. Pughe first appeared in Writings on Water, MIT Press. “describe all the forms taken by water from its greatest to its smallest wave, and their causes.”1                     … Continue reading

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Transylvanian Dreams

by D. L. Pughe The Transylvania I love has Nothing to do with vampires. It is an area of steep Carpathian mountains with lush fir forests, remote villages and towns, and steeped in legends and centuries-old customs and myths.  Tran-sylvania … Continue reading

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Connecting with Nature in Forster’s Forests

by D. L. Pughe In Chapter 14 of Howard’s End, the lovely novel by E. M. Forster, the young clerk named Mr. Bast reveals that he has walked all night through forests in a feverish state to comprehend nature, humanity, … Continue reading

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The Fictions of Kleist

by D. L. Pughe The great Swiss writer Robert Walser captured the difficulties of writing in his perfect short story ‘Kleist in Thün’ about the writer Heinrich von Kleist and the summer he spent trying to write on an island … Continue reading

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Hearing The Stream of Thought

By D. L. Pughe Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 1 Elliott Carter Two paths emerged in 20th century music, each of which echoed earlier traditions. One was a style of Neoclassicism prevalent in pre-World War II Europe that was intent … Continue reading

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Two Poets of the Street

Originally published in Serpentine Magazine by D. L. Pughe Maeve Brennan and Vivian Maier shared a lifelong rummage for meaning in the corners of their solitary lives. In the continuous bustle of urban existence, they each paused not to stare but … Continue reading

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