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God’s Crossroad

​Proto-religious holy places like shrines and temples were first built or carved around spectacular / singular geographical features like forest glades and rock outcrops. Natural for a non-urban civilisation. Hinduism and Shinto remain loyal to this lineage. Christianity and Islam are urban religions, very deliberately making their churches and mosques inside cities or as austere [...]

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The unseen Gothic of Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre sits comfortably in various categories, if one needs to label such a singular work. It has as much right as any great work to “Gothic”. The other answers (at time of writing) are useful study-note primers but to really engage Jane Eyre close to Charlotte Bronte’s own world, I think one needs to [...]

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Guardians of Faith and Holy Books

The very urgency of a human being’s need to make sense of the unknown, to give purpose to our gadfly lifespan and cope with death - a definite flaw in the religious crutch - because denying the inevitability of one day being swept away, hopes and dreams and loves and achievements factoring nothing against total [...]

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We the People: Orwell and America’s “proles”.

Compare Orwell’s vision of “proles” with the contemporary proletariat, particularly in an America of Trump and wilfully disconnected echo chambers: America isn’t a nation of proles in the manner of Orwell’s lumpen proletariat. Society moves on, albeit at a snail’s pace, and though Orwell’s vision is incredibly apposite in so many ways, the growing pains [...]

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Look Around You

Look Around You

Talking to drunks is boring unless they've got something new to say. Since novelty is often expressed on the wings of euphoria, booze ain't an uncommon catalyst. Necessary evils. [See William F. Buckley in conversation with Jack Kerouac, Ed Sanders and Lewis Yablonsky, 1968] Slurring is less offensive than Smalltalk. It's no longer in fashion [...]

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