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Remembering


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Here’s a little poem Wendell Berry poem from the front of Remembering, which I think is excellent: Heavenly Muse, Spirit who brooded on The world and raised it shapely out of nothing, Touch my lips with fire and burn away All dross of speech, so that I keep in mind The truth and end to

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The darkness in every one of us


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Oh my. Last night I read this article by Helen Garner, based on her address at the Sydney Writer’s Festival titled ‘How Can We Write About Darkness?‘ on the 21 May this year. After years of editing Federal Court judgments (the reports written up, usually by judge’s associates, after a court case) and now digging

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A little piece on homesickness


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Dearly beloved readers, apologies for a long silence. I know I am not supposed to write such things, because I am supposed to privilege “real life”, but I can’t help feeling nevertheless that those who read this blog would have more of an idea of what it is that lights my fire than many I

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The importance of an unread library


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I am so pleased that someone has put this in print for me to quote: Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library. ~ Steal Like An Artist  Austin Kleon I took this photo of one of my bookshelves this morning, without making

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Hauerwas and How to Write a Theological Sentence


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I had the pleasure of chatting to the lovely Laurel Moffatt after this lecture by Stanley Hauerwas on How to Write a Theological Sentence the other evening. Her reflections are worth reading. (And she has also given me a gift, and a diagnosis, in the phrase l’esprit d’escalier. I loved this, from Wikipedia: “a sensitive

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