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While We Were Weeping A lot of people are put in solitary confinement “and they find the end of the world. For me, I found a new world. I found a world of self. That’s where I learned how to think. It’s where I learned how to read. It’s where I learned how to cry. […]

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By Walter Cummins Review of At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell (New York: Other Press, 2016)   One reason Sarah Bakewell’s The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails is such an engaging read was her decision to organize her examination of philosophy around the lives of the central […]

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Leafing through Kathleen Norris’ The Cloister Walk, I came across this quite startling paragraph: If Eve is the mother of the living, she is also the mother of the dead. One of the most astonishing and precious things about motherhood is the brave way in which women consent to give birth to creatures who will […]

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Notes after seeing Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt (and doing a little reading) Version 2.0: As revised 27 June 2013 Taking clues from Hannah Arendt (2013), directed by Margarethe von Trotta; screenplay by Pam Katz and von Trotta; cinematographer Caroline Champetier; Barbara Sukowa in the title role. [Click for pdf] By William Eaton   (1) […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Notes after seeing Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt (and doing a little reading) Version 2.0: As revised 27 June 2013 Taking clues from Hannah Arendt (2013), directed by Margarethe von Trotta; screenplay by Pam Katz and von Trotta; cinematographer Caroline Champetier; Barbara Sukowa in the title role. [Click for pdf] By William Eaton   (1) […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Notes after seeing Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt (and doing a little reading) Version 2.0: As revised 27 June 2013 Taking clues from Hannah Arendt (2013), directed by Margarethe von Trotta; screenplay by Pam Katz and von Trotta; cinematographer Caroline Champetier; Barbara Sukowa in the title role. [Click for pdf] By William Eaton   (1) […]

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May 11, 2018

Using personal essay, literary reference, and journalistic voice, the article plants itself on our existential doorstep while illuminating Barnes' novel one more time. Very strong. Thanks.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Notes after seeing Margarethe von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt (and doing a little reading) Version 2.0: As revised 27 June 2013 Taking clues from Hannah Arendt (2013), directed by Margarethe von Trotta; screenplay by Pam Katz and von Trotta; cinematographer Caroline Champetier; Barbara Sukowa in the title role. [Click for pdf] By William Eaton   (1) […]

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May 10, 2018

"When these new memories suddenly came upon me … time had been placed in reverse. As if, for that moment, the river ran upstream." Stolen from Barnes's book for my poem "From the Vale for a Soul Making". Great book to write about.

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