David Mitchel commented on the post, <em>The Last Unicorn</em> and a Better Remembrance 7 months ago
Have you read Peter Beagle’s Two Hearts? It’s a short-fiction sequel to The Last Unicorn. I approached it with some trepidation because I would have hated to see an unworthy coda to the Amalthea-Lír story, but I thought it was beautiful.
Thank you, Heidi and Stephen. This is delightful.
David Mitchel commented on the post, Journey Into the Interior (from The Molehill, Vol. 5) 1 year ago
Having driven the roads from Brian Head to Bryce and Zion (and back again) I am particularly grateful for this essay. It lifts me right back up there.
And the concluding sentence is quite a breathtaking punch-line.
David Mitchel commented on the post, Introducing a Rabbit Room Comic Strip: Rabbit Trails 1 year ago
Bravo to Pete for the idea, and Jonny for carrying it out.
A man plucks a simple line on an upright bass. After two bars a muted trumpet and a fragile acoustic guitar add soft harmony, and a singer moans sotto voce. Then the trumpet pauses, and the bassist and guitarist […]
I love to hear you talk about music, David.
I’ve heard Jubilant Sykes perform live and was deeply moved, but thanks to your recommendation I will check out the album!
@rdregge — I agree that he’s amazing live, and I would encourage anybody who has opportunity to see him sing, to go. He’s really a once-in-a-generation talent.
George Herbert is my favorite poet, so I share your disdain for the disdain of editors toward poetry with rhymes. Not that being a snob about free verse is preferable, but forms, as Wendell Berry has noted, have the great virtue of confounding us: “The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
On a lighter note, P. G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster once…[Read more]
The poetry slam was probably my favorite ninety minutes of HM2017, which is saying something. Glad to see a written record of it appearing here (thank you, Suzanne). To help in completing the record, here is the Christmas poem I read:
The night almost had me:
Sleep with no dream, no rest;
Dark without Abram’s stars;
Lead silence that…
I’ll have to track down some of his lectures and arguments. His TED Talk was great, so I’m sure it’s really fascinating to listen to him at work.
One of the more interesting one was that he was half of a panel with Tim Keller.
I’m sorry to hear that you’ve experienced similar vindictiveness and hostility toward your clients. (because, oh how easy…
A hearty “huzzah” that a legal memoir has become the RR Book Group’s point of discussion. Just Mercy is an unflinching look at the many ways American criminal law is broken, and the book substantially agrees with my (much more limited) experience as defense lawyer and advocate for post-conviction relief for prisoners. Looking forward to the d…[Read more]
I am delighted that the RR book group has taken up a book written by a working lawyer — and if you’re going to pick up a timely and trenchant legal memoir Mr. Stevenson’s is certainly both. I’ve been listening him a lot this summer: lectures, oral argument before the Supreme Court, and the Just Mercy audiobook (which he reads himself). Among his…[Read more]
For weeks I had pondered submitting a review of La La Land — which I also loved and the ending of which I also thought was perfect. That look between the leading characters at the movie’s end was utterly beautiful. In both conception and performance it said so much: a picture worth a million words of exposition on romantic sehnsucht in this world…[Read more]
Lots of great comments here. I enjoyed reading all of them.
” . . . was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into Hades . . .”
For a long time it struck me as odd that the Apostles’ Creed would linger even for those few words over Christ’s burial and descent into Hades. But without the burial and descent — without Christ’s day of s…[Read more]
Wonderful, Matt. This took me back to my own experience of being tried by a mountain and found wanting. I was climbing Mt. Adams in Washington State. At about 7,900 feet above sea level I slipped while climbing a dusty slope and tweaked a knee. I knew almost immediately that the dream of reaching the summit (12,276′) was gone.
I was, howev…[Read more]
Excellent, Dave. The image of the Council of Elrond is spot-on. Even the manner in which Elrond charged the Fellowship’s members before sending them out — not requiring oaths, not even requiring all nine members to go all the way to Mordor — evidenced a remarkable degree of trust.
David Mitchel commented on the post, The Consolation of Doubt: An Address to the Buechner Institute 3 years ago
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