Jonathan Simons

Latest Sparks

Film

The Long Day Closes
Directed by Terence Davies

 

Books

The Denial of Death
Ernest Becker

 

Poetry

Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman

Quote of the Day

“Leisure is a form of silence, of that silence which is the prerequisite of the apprehension of reality: only the silent hear and those who do not remain silent do not hear. Silence, as it is used in this context, does not mean “dumbness” or “noiselessness”; it means more nearly that the soul’s power to “answer” to the reality of the world is left undisturbed. For leisure is a receptive attitude of mind, a contemplative attitude, and it is not only the occasion but also the capacity for steeping oneself in the whole of creation.”

– Joseph Pieper