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“Academics are farmers. They have fields, and they cultivate their fields well,” Jack Miles writes in a superb 1999 essay on Three Differences between an Academic and an Intellectual. Miles, who is best known for his books GOD: A Biography and Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, proposes that, by contrast: Intellectuals are hunters. An intellectual […]

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With marriage women and men had to—or have to—adjust to life with a person who is, in essence, a member of an alien group? My interest in  Emily Dickinson has led me to another classic academic paper, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg’s “The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations between Women in Nineteenth-Century,” originally published in the journal Signs in […]

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  A query came into Zeteo—I wish I could remember who it was from. It reminded me of one of my favorite “found” books: This Fine Place So Far From Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class. I have a particular fondness for found books, even for The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful […]

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An extract from an article by D.W. Winnicott has become lodged in my consciousness, and I believe for good reason. Like memories of a dream, Winnicott’s thoughts await events or a moment of inspiration to reveal why they are speaking to me (and perhaps others) now, and what they now have to say. In this […]

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One of my (and perhaps many others’) favorite texts is the following translation by Chu Ch’an from The Sutra of 42 Sections: The Buddha said: “There are twenty things that are hard for human beings: “It is hard to practice charity when one is poor. “It is hard to study the Way when occupying a position […]

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My husband has to travel for work fairly often, and I am lucky enough that I usually get to tag along. When I accompany him on his trips, I know I will end up being a co-pilot of sorts, which I actually enjoy. This means I won’t be lounging in a coffee shop with a […]

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A close friend of mine (a fantastic soccer dribbler and mathematician) insisted on sharing Franklin Foer’s How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization (New York: Harper Perennial, 2010). I am not much of a sports reader. But real soccer being in hiatus during the winter, reading about it seemed like an appealing substitute. Luckily […]

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A Week of Reading from . . . William Eaton, Zeteo Executive Editor [One in an ongoing series of posts. For the full series see Zeteo is Reading. Click for pdf of text of this entire week.] 27 October 2013: Brecht When this feature, one of my favorite parts of Zeteo, was getting under way, I suggested […]

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A Week of Reading from . . . William Eaton, Zeteo Executive Editor [One in an ongoing series of posts. For the full series see Zeteo is Reading. This one was first posted 15-21 September 2013.] 15 September 2013: K.J. Dover, Greek Homosexuality As this is a season for reading manuscripts that are being submitted for Zeteo’s […]

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Rachael Benavidez, Zeteo Associate Editor [One in an ongoing series of posts. For the full series see Zeteo is Reading.] 30 June and 1 July 2013 This weekend was a series of outings into the culinary adventures of New York City, walks in the hot sun and the gleeful return to the cool relief of air conditioning, and […]

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Patrick Rea, Zeteo Contributor [One in an ongoing series of posts. For the full series see Zeteo is Reading.] 16 June 2013 Laertes’ advice from his father Polonius (Shakepeare, “Hamlet”) as it appears in The Art of Manliness: Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, And you are stay’d […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Patrick Rea, Zeteo Contributor [One in an ongoing series of posts. For the full series see Zeteo is Reading.] 16 June 2013 Laertes’ advice from his father Polonius (Shakepeare, “Hamlet”) as it appears in The Art of Manliness: Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, And you are stay’d […]

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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

Patrick Rea, Zeteo Contributor [One in an ongoing series of posts. For the full series see Zeteo is Reading.] 16 June 2013 Laertes’ advice from his father Polonius (Shakepeare, “Hamlet”) as it appears in The Art of Manliness: Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, And you are stay’d […]

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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

Patrick Rea, Zeteo Contributor [One in an ongoing series of posts. For the full series see Zeteo is Reading.] 16 June 2013 Laertes’ advice from his father Polonius (Shakepeare, “Hamlet”) as it appears in The Art of Manliness: Yet here, Laertes! aboard, aboard, for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, And you are stay’d […]

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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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