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What Calvin brought to Marilynne Robinson


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Oh, I do so like this piece on Marilynne Robinson, which John Piper tweeted today. She is on my wishful dinner-guest list. I think she’d have a pleasant evening conversing with George Eliot and Christina Rossetti. In this interview she says all manner of interesting things about writing and finding out where your imagination lives,

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What some of us owe to books


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Here, for a little warm-up, are a couple of links to posts featuring books. If you could actually thank CS Lewis. H/T Cath. I’d like to thanks CS Lewis mostly (at present anyway) for his use of the word Sehnsucht, his autobiography Surprised by Joy and his poem As the Ruin Falls. And this beautiful post

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It’s time for a slow conversation


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I meant to put this link, from the Harvard Business Review (H/T Duncan), about what is needed to ‘optimise connectivity, in that last post, and then forgot. The author gives an interesting hierarchy of communication from the least to the most personal, of: email, social-network messaging (e.g. Facebook or Twitter), text, handwritten note, phone/Skype conversation,

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From a poet to a clergyman


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Since I am singing the praises of letters, is not this one beautiful? It is a letter from the poet Thomas Gray (1716-71) to William Mason. This is quoted from A Literature Collection, compiled by Mary Batchelor. William Mason (1725-97),  English clergyman and poet, was a friend of the poet Gray. Mason published this letter

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Living a good story


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The movies I like best are the slow literary movies that don’t seem to be about anything and yet are about everything at the same time. … … most of our greatest fears are relational. It’s all the stuff about forgiveness and risking rejection and learning to love. We think stories are about getting money

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