Chomsky, Seldon and authority

Last Tuesday night’s Night Waves, Radio Three’s intellectual discussion program was unusually good. Philip Dodd spoke separately to the philosopher Noam Chomsky then the biographer of Blair and Thatcher and Public School Headmaster, Anthony Sheldon. The theme in both cases was authority. What is it? Can it be a force for good? How can itsContinue reading “Chomsky, Seldon and authority”

Editor’s blog – Notes from an English Village

A misty moisty morning today, as we used to say on misty days when I was growing up. I think we got this from Maddy Prior – we often listened to Steelye Span on Saturday mornings, and I recall what was then Maddy’s crystal clear, high, pure voice, with a hint of danger, like aContinue reading “Editor’s blog – Notes from an English Village”

Editor’s blog (notes from an English village)

Mist rising off the damp dark fields at the front of our cottage this morning. Not river mist, but fine wraithlike tendrils of mist rising from the strength of the sun on the damp earth. Not easy to photograph, but a fine sight, telling of the increasing power of the sun, and the waning ofContinue reading “Editor’s blog (notes from an English village)”

The Unanswered Question: Chretien De Troyes and the first Story of the Grail

 NEW POSTING: The Unanswered Question Chretien De Troyes and the first Story of the Grail Just posted on this site under ‘Literature’ a major essay on the mythos of the Grail legend, as found in the original medieval text. “I want to open this piece with an image rather than ideas about the Grail. Picture thisContinue reading “The Unanswered Question: Chretien De Troyes and the first Story of the Grail”

Editor’s Journal 8th September 2009

Issue 26 is out and about in the shops, and we are looking into a distributor on the East Coast of the USA. We are starting to think about issue 27, which will be on the theme of Buddhism, culture and ecology. Views of nature, and the natural, are as many and various as thereContinue reading “Editor’s Journal 8th September 2009”

Editor’s Journal: 26th June 2009

Last night I went to a very interesting talk here in Cambridge on the theme of Wabi Sabi as a buddhist practice. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese idea which is very hard to sum up in a few words. The speaker Vajradarshini brought together Wabi Sabi as an aesthetic quality of imperfection and transience withContinue reading “Editor’s Journal: 26th June 2009”

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