Out of the rectitude and narrow care of those who
teach in the public schools,—
who would not let her son watch cartoons of
Porky Pig because we must
not laugh at someone who stutters,—
… the mystery, your brilliant
appetite for the moment.
For Herbert, the aesthetic desideratum is
unpremeditated art, not as "natural" or "spontaneous"
but a speaking of the Spirit as it becomes
conscious, a fidelity to
the moment itself. The only
appropriate gift is discovered to be
the giver, for man can only give himself.
In 1975, the magazine that printed your great essay
announced: He is writing a book on Herbert.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.