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December 15, 2008

There is this line in Psalm 4 that I've always loved. Like all things sublime it has a pure simplicity: 'Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.'

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December 11, 2008

I really like the work of the British photographer Richard Billingham. I got to know his work when I was going to ICP. His book Ray's a Laugh is very moving. Most people only focus on the economical distress and psychological despairs of the the people in the photos. But there is something much deeper and spiritual there...

On the back of Billingham's book, Robert Frank has written: "Flash into the face of mom and dad. A British family-album so cool that I can see and hear what goes on between the frames. No room for judgement or morality... Reality and no pretense. Richard Billingham is the son and he knows his family."

George Steiner is among the top ten living thinkers of our time. I really liked his introduction to the Everyman's Library edition of the Old Testament. I've also read his Real Presences and liked it a lot. A book of his articles from the time he was in the New Yorker is coming out this January. I'll try to read it.

I'm writing a paper for my Hinduism class. It's a critique of Gandhi's doctrine of nonviolence.

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