Category Archives: Writings

That said…

It’s a new day today. The earlier post, despite its 25 May date, was written on 24 May. Later on 24 May, I wrote, on my MacBook Pro, the following: “Have you always been here?” The doorman or guard or … Continue reading

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Joseph Beuys

A New Yorker article about the German photography book publisher Gerhard Steidl quoted the artist Joseph Beuys: “The mistake has already begun when someone seeks to buy a stretcher and canvas.” I know almost nothing about Beuys, who according to … Continue reading

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Ice Age Memories

A New York Times article yesterday about the opening of the renovated Queens Museum of Art, had this paragraph: …for four years, from 1946 to 1950, the United Nations General Assembly had its first headquarters in Queens, in a low, … Continue reading

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The real point about Perry Street…

…is that for the six years I lived there I walked many, many times a week past a peculiar building at No. 50, a kind of New York structure, known as a “store front,” that might house a Chinese laundry … Continue reading

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I neglected to mention…

that Merton and I lived on the same street in Greenwich Village, 38 years apart. Merton lived at 35 Perry Street while studying at Columbia in the late 30s; I lived at 12 Perry from 1974 to 1980, in a third-floor, … Continue reading

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Merton admired…

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, whom I’d never heard of but who apparently ranks with St. Francis of Assisi in popularity among Catholics. Merton writes that she was “the greatest saint there has been in the Church for three hundred years–even … Continue reading

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More Merton

From Merton I learned the word aseity, which he defines as “the power of a being to exist absolutely in virtue of itself, not as caused by itself, but as requiring no cause, no other justification for its existence that … Continue reading

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