Handel’s Messiah: A great light

Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the LORD is shining upon you. Darkness as black as night will cover all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the LORD will shine over you. All nations will come to your light. Mighty kings will come to see your ... Continue reading

New Orleans’ other stories

Men have no pleasure (but on the contrary a great deal of grief) in keeping company where there is no power able to overawe them all. ... [W]ithout a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man. ... The ... Continue reading

Matters of perception

Lacombe: Monsieur Neary, what do you want? Neary: I just want to know that it's really happening. —Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977 Seeing is believing, we say. What you see is what you get. We tend to accept what our eyes tell us about the world. The sky is blue. The grass is green. The ... Continue reading