CLIMBING MOUNT SISYPHUS

“If a man settles in a certain place and does not bring forth the fruit of that place, the place itself casts him out, as one who has not borne its fruit.”–Anonymous 4th-century desert father I’ve come to love Tucson and its somewhat extreme weather. When it’s not either baking (June, July, August and September) […]

OUR FRIENDS THE INSECTS, WOOLEN WHALERS’ CAPS, AND JAPANESE APPLIQUÉ

I’m going to start introducing some of my zillions of favorite artists (I use the term loosely) in my weekly YouTubes. This one is on self-taught, 19th-century, deeply Catholic French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabré, who lived in relative poverty, would steal out in the dead of night with his little nets and boxes, collected some of […]

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED AND OTHER TRAVELS

Charles Ryder notes that Catholics often seem the same as other modern people. Sebastian replies, “My dear Charles, that’s exactly what they’re not … they’ve got an entirely different outlook on life; everything they think important is different from other people. They try and hide it as much as they can, but it comes out all the time.”

THE ROAD MORE-LESS TRAVELED

If anyone’s ever driven north on the 101 from LA to, say, Santa Barbara, you know there’s this one spot where I think it’s the 126 merges in and you go up and around a little rise and the first sign for San Francisco appears and on your left you suddenly see the Pacific. It’s absolutely thrilling, every time.