William Rainbolt

From one of my heroes, George Orwell, in "Politics and the English Language" (1946): "(Language) becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." I will try to avoid contributing to the debasement of language and thought that abounds today.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Just Trying for a Right Thought, 1

Two relatively recent, powerful works of art make me think about our need to confront what we might dread, but what we know intuitively will illuminate our souls, will help us touch again – or find for the first time – that indefinable truth that makes us realize we are human and alive and part of a mysterious condition, and we are glad for it. The works: Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, and the Paul Greenglass film, United 93. Do not be afraid of them. Take a cleansing and empowering breath (take several of them, in fact), read or view with an open heart, which means a heart open to pain and sorrow as well as the good, and grow.


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