“Author or Writer? Entertainer or True Musician?” A writer writes from a need to express his inner self to so benefit his readers, whereas an author writes selfishly to benefit himself through the manipulation of his readers. Most so-called writers are really authors, as are most actors, artists, and musicians, however skilled they may be. Read More »
“Adominable: Towards Humanity” From the root GHDHEM, of the earth, are derived humus, homo, human, humanity.
Shipley points out that it was commonly held that abominable was also so derived, but this is not the case. So “abhominable” is not the correct spelling, even though it was used by earlier writers – by Shakespeare, for example, 18 times. Read More »
“So Many Styles of Poetry” So many styles of poetry. So what! Read More »
“Poetry and the Escape from Reality” Virtually all poetry
has a lung meridian problem,
what I call “Wonderland”
– an escape from reality
into fantasy. Read More »
“The Deep Meaning Is Beyond Words” “It is impossible to say just what I mean!”
Words, declared Chuang Tzu, are only the guests of reality. Read More »
“The Essence of Dante” Here are the haikus of each of the three books of Dante's Divine Comedy. Read More »
Video: Words – Signifiers of Reality Words are merely signifiers of reality, not, as we so often treat them, reality itself. Their application, whether as a simple name given to an object or a whole story created about it, forces us to see the object in a particular way, and so limits our perception. Read More »
“Our Karma: To Ignore Homer” Achilles' wrath …
such the will of Jove!
(The Iliad, trans. Alexander Pope)
Achilles' rage …
as Zeus' will was done.
(The Iliad, trans. Stanley Lombardo) Read More »