Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Turkey Hen

"Great American Hen and Young" by John J. Audubon

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

Anticipating the Feast...

It is three days away, but I am already in good appetite. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019


“The egg preserves life and being”, says Paracelsus. “… therefore know that air is nothing other than chaos, and chaos nothing but the white of an egg, and the egg is heaven and earth" (Paragranum II, 1530).

Detail from Hieronymus Bosch, "The Garden of Earthly Delights".

Friday, November 22, 2019

These things must be done delicately...

Progress on Vol. II of The Invisible Tower Trilogy continues.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A Method, Illustrated

 From a Jesuit devotional book:
Consider what you intend to do in this hour (A) and … (B) direct your work and your steps … towards the glory of God (C) with an ardent heart; and you can be sure that without (D) God’s mercy you can do nothing. … Arrange your works equally according to (E ) weight, number and measure, just as if (F) you were facing death (G) and angels and (H) devils were watching all your deeds attentively. But do good works, just as if (K) your grave was already being dug …   complete your works (L) according to the example of Christ and the saints; (M) the angels bring them (your works) before God. But above all … always bear in mind (N) that God and the heavenly host are always watching you.
       A. Sucquet, Via Vitae Aeternae, Antwerp, 1625

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Scientific Method and Philosophic Response... be sure to draw distinctions

In The Blue Book (p.18) Wittgenstein writes:
Philosophers constantly see the method of science before their eyes, and are irresistibly tempted to ask and answer questions in the way science does. This tendency is the real source of metaphysics, and leads the philosopher into complete darkness.
The point underscores a "political shift" in philosophy--a shift that often goes unrecognized--when philosophers move into discussions of ethics, political philosophy and the philosophy of history.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

"The Jack Pine"

Tom Thomson, The Jack Pine (1916–17). Oil on canvas; National Gallery of Canada.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Tata Literature Live: 10th Mumbai International Literary Festival Poetry Awards

A poem by International Authors editorial board member Vitasta Raina has won a prize at the 10th Mumbai Literature Festival.  The untitled poem was selected by the jury along with two other poems. For more details, and to read Ms. Raina's poem, please click HERE.

Vitasta Riana is the author of Writer's Block, an avant-garde novella published by International Authors.  Please click HERE.

Friday, November 1, 2019


Once more for emphasis. Please click HERE.