Sunday, April 28, 2024

Thought for the Day

We need art to explore the darkest recesses of our lives and minds.
But we also need art to tell us why this world is
worth loving, and therefore saving.
~ Christian Wiman

Quoted from Christian Wiman, "The Poet of Light" (Essay) in The New York Times, January 12, 2018 (Online)

Christian Wiman, Poet, Essayist, Translator, Editor, Author; Clement-Muehl Professor of Communication Arts, Yale Divinity School; Former Editor, Poetry Magazine

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Thought for the Day

What songs are audible when the wind stops?
What has been kept alive in the time snatched from work
and sheltered from ongoing destruction – what moments
of recognition, what ways of relating, what other
imagined worlds, what other selves? 
What other kinds of time?
~ Jenny Odell on 'Vertical' Time

Quoted from Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, "Another Kind of Time: An Interview with Jenny Odell" at Emergence Magazine (Online Transcript), April 25, 2023

Jenny Odell, Multidisciplinary Artist, Writer, and Educator. Odell's most recent books are Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock (2023), Inhabiting the Negative Space (2021), and How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (2019).

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Filmmaker, Naqshbandi Sufi Teacher, Spiritual Ecologist; Founder, Podcast Host, and Executive Editor, Emergence Magazine

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Thought for the Day

When we see the smoke and flames on the horizon
are we seeing not just a fire but a reflection
of our own voracious appetites and desire
to consume until we're finally extinguished?
~ Jeffrey T. Manuel on John Vaillant's 'Fire Weather'

Quoted from Jeffrey T. Manuel, "Our Neighbo(u)rs to the North, Aflame: On John Vaillant's 'Fire Weather'," in Cleveland Review of Books, March 12, 2024

John Vaillant, American-Canadian Nonfiction Writer, Journalist, and Novelist
Jeffrey T. Manuel, Historian on Energy, Technology, and the Environment; Professor of History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Writer and Author

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Thought for the Day

The most practical thing you can do,
even in hard times, is to lead with curiosity,
lead with respect, work hard to understand
the people you might be taught to detest.
~ David Brooks

David Brooks, "How to Stay Sane in Brutalizing Times," The New York Times, November 2, 2023

David Brooks, Author and New York Times Opinion Columnist on Politics, Culture, and the Social Sciences