Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Psalm 102

Carrying on the theme of praise, I just happened to come across this book of Psalms with the title 'A new translation: translated from the Hebrew and arranged for singing to the psalmody of Joseph Gelineau'.

I have always found these translations beautiful. The number of the psalm does not correspond because we are following Hebrew numbering and I am uncertain which psalm this is but it is very inspiring. (Can I recommend that you click on the image to read the text rather than try to read it as it is.)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Islands in the Stream

This is a memorable passage from Hemingway and with the events of Ike and Hanna this is still relevant for today:

"Thomas Hudson had studied tropical storms for many years and he could tell from the sky when there was a tropical disturbance long before his barometer showed its presence. He knew how to plot storms and the precautions that should be taken against them. He knew too what it was to live through a hurricane with the other people of the island and the bond that the hurricane made between all people who had been through it. He also knew that hurricanes could be so bad that nothing could live through them. He always thought, though, that if there was ever on that bad he would like to be there for it and go with the house if she went."

Here is another reference to a hurricane that I found this week.

I Praise

As many of you know I am a huge fan of the 1950s blue and white Pelican books. So how could I resist 'Why Evil?' by John James - a Pelican published 1960? Whilst browsing in Bookends in Bangor I found this book and it looks like it could be a remarkable read.

Not least because on page 15 there is the following poem by Rilke:

Oh speak, poet, what do you do?

---I praise

But the monstrosities and the murderous days,

How do you endure them, how do you take them?

---I praise

But the anonymous, the nameless grays,

How poet, do you still invoke them?

---I praise

What right have you, in all displays,

in very mask, to be genuine?

---I praise

And that the stillness and the turbulent sprays

know you like star and storm?

---since I praise

- Translated by John J. L. Mood

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Newman on Truth

"When a system is consistent, at least it does not condemn itself. Consistency is not truth but truth is consistency."


'Loss and Gain' p.156 by John Henry Newman

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cimarron Rose

'Cimarron Rose' by James Lee Burke is a book I just picked up tonight and even though I stopped reading it about a month ago the characters came back almost immediately. I am half-way through and I am glad I re-discovered it. As a crime novel it is everything you would expect - dark, thought provoking, nasty, narrator with a suspicious past and some things you don't expect - a ghost.

This is the first novel in a new series for James Lee Burke:

  • Heartwood (1999).
  • Bitterroot (2001)..
  • In the Moon of Red Ponies (2004).
There are plenty of twists and scrapes but the best thing is I feel like I never stopped reading it. The characters and the storyline came back to me in an instant.



Scribd is a great new website I discovered, you can find articles on all sorts of topics - v.interesting

Back again!

Hi all,

Facebook is good but a real blog needs blogger!

I have been so busy lately I can barely remember what I have been reading.

Kenneth Koch
Elizabeth Bishop

Varied as usual!

Hope I can get back to the good stuff, look forward to hearing from y'all!