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On the Permeability of Borders

Although scholars differ in their estimation of the number of words and phrases that Shakespeare introduced into English, they all agree that he transformed the language tremendously. He referred to himself as “a man on fire for new words.” As … Continue reading

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Discovering Intellectual Fire: the Birth of English

The written word is both of the earth and of the spirit, positioned on the intersection between mind and flesh. It freezes the living, shimmering organism of language in time, petrifies it, making it immortal. The intangible, impenetrable roots of … Continue reading

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Dancing Dragons and Horses Soaring into the Air: 3000 Years of Chinese Calligraphy

I had an enormous fortune today to see an exhibition dedicated to 3000 years of Chinese calligraphy. I found it very illuminating how the organizers juxtaposed traditional and contemporary art, creating a very compelling dialogue between them. In the 11th … Continue reading

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The Rhythm of Silence is the Spring of Words

I.“…thou sweet spring for the thirsty in the desert; it is closed for those who speak there, it is open for those who keep silence there. When the silent man cometh, he findeth the spring.” A Hymn to Thoth from … Continue reading

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Reflections on Don Quixote: The Universe of Fiction

“Idle Reader: Without my swearing to it, you can believe that I would like this book, the child of my understanding, to be the most beautiful, the most brilliant, and the most discreet that anyone could imagine. … I wanted … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Words: Desire

1.“When you were a wandering desire in the mist, I too was there, a wandering desire. Then we sought one another, and out of our eagerness dreams were born. And dreams were time limitless, and dreams were space without measure.” … Continue reading

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Life and Mind and Language

“The incomparable feature of human language is that its magical community with things is immaterial and purely mental, and the symbol of this is sound. The Bible expresses this symbolic fact when it says that God breathes his breath into … Continue reading

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The Lightening Message of Grace

Kanji symbol for cherry blossom Linden tree fossil In his book On the Way to Language (1959), the philosopher Martin Heidegger includes a philosophical dialogue between an “Inquirer“ (I) and a Japanese man (J). This particular exchange really stirred my … Continue reading

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The Mysticism of Language

In the beginning was the word, the word That from the solid bases of the light Abstracted all the letters of the void; And from the cloudy bases of the breath The word flowed up, translating to the heart First … Continue reading

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Images of the Zodiac: Contemplating Gemini

Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- it’s everything except what it is! ” William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet I. Romeo and Juliet as an alchemical work Many years ago … Continue reading

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