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Bye Bye, Berger

Art critic, novelist, painter and poet John Berger died on Monday. Berger celebrated his 90th birthday last year and a BBC special and a very good documentary film marked the occasion. Here’s some of my Burnaway review for The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger. It’s followed by a YouTube playlist I made [...]

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The First Saturnalia

According to the Wiki, December 17, 497 BC marked the start of the first-ever Saturnalia holiday in ancient Rome. You’ve gotta love that Roman record-keeping, and the revelry, gift-giving and sacrifices of that celebration made up “the best of days” according to the poet Catullus. The Saturnalia season is the pre-cursor to many of our [...]

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Pussies, Like Sculptors

Pussies, Like Sculptors When a sculptor needs a stone he goes to a quarry. He picks between the loveliest stones for the loveliest of them all. When a sculptor needs wood she goes to the forest: not too new, but not too old; not too green, but not too dry. If a poet needs wood [...]

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