Content Tagged ‘Joan Osborne’

Chris Hitchens, God & me, pt. 3

January 4, 2012 | 17 Comments

Chris Hitchens, God & me, pt. 2

December 29, 2011 | 13 Comments

An aged man is but a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon a stick, unless Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing For every tatter in its mortal dress, Nor is there singing school but studying Monuments of its own magnificence —William Butler Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium” II. The late Christopher Hitchens was like that dread baptismal tank. I cowered before him. Sure, I admired his courage and his skillful prolificacy—I saw him as a great if often …

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Chris Hitchens, God & me, pt. 1

December 24, 2011 | 9 Comments

That is no country for old men. The young In one another’s arms, birds in the trees —Those dying generations—at their song, The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas, Fish, flesh, or fowl commend all summer long Whatever is begotten, born, and dies. Caught in that sensual music all neglect Monuments of unaging intellect.  —William Butler Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium”  for Tom, with Kierkegaard among the dark Danes I. Three years ago, as my mother lay dying, her youngest sister, Carolyn, died …

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