The Drowned GiantBritish writer J.G. Ballard has passed away at age 78. Mostly known for his novels Crash and Empire of the Sun, both made into mediocre Hollywood films, he was to my mind a better short story writer. His collection The Terminal Beach includes two of my favorite short stories, The Drowned Giant and… Continue reading
It being National Poetry Month, there are a couple of things you shouldn’t miss: One is that Siris, in addition to being a philosopher for the working day, is an excellent poet. As demonstrated by samples here and here. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. He posts verse often, so if you haven’t… Continue reading
My short story, A Circle of Cypresses, has just been published in the new issue of Dappled Things.
Good FridayWe’re so used to just repeating texts from the Gospels this time every year, we can forget how much more startling art can be. Imagine what a satellite might have snapped about 1,979 years ago. I’ve always found this tech art (by the Glue Society), haunting.
Stanley Jaki, physicist, priest, author and teacher: 1924 – 2009One of my favorite historians of science, Fr. Jaki, has passed away, at age 84. After lecturing last week in Rome he went to Spain for further meetings and succumbed to a heart attack. Jaki was a Gifford Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, 1974-75 and… Continue reading