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How Perfect Obedience Destroys: Reflections on Falstaff, the Beats, and others

July 18, 2012
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No system can endure perfection.

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The Domestication of the Saints

November 28, 2011
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The “gate keepers” of religion and of poetry are one and the same.

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An Asshole in the Service of Heaven

October 21, 2010
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My aesthetic test for music when I was 13 still applied: if I play a song one hundred times in a row, and, on the last playing, it still has an effect, then it is part of my synaptic hit parade, and can never be vanquished.

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Holy Saturday: The Poetry of Doubt

April 3, 2010

A voice that cries, “The tomb in Palestine
Is not the porch of spirits lingering.
It is the grave of Jesus, where he lay.”
—Wallace Stevens, ‘Sunday Morning’

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