southerner on the north shore

slow thoughts in a fast-paced world

The public have always, and in every age, been badly brought up. They are continually asking Art to be popular, to please their want of taste, to flatter their absurd vanity, to tell them what they have been told before, to show them what they ought to be tired of seeing..,

- Oscar Wilde | The Soul of Man

Chris Thile providing an interesting and funny commentary on classical music’s relation to contemporary styles and the lack of passion in classical audiences…also, some mandolin mastery along the way…

can’t stop listening to Volcano Choir’s new album: beauty from beginning to end…

There are two occasions when the sacred beauty of Creation becomes dazzlingly apparent, and they occur together. One is when we feel our mortal insufficiency to the world, and the other is when we feel the world’s mortal insufficiency to us.

- Marylinne Robinson

the plan.

My old friend, the owner
of a new boat, stops by
to ask me to fish with him.

And I say I will - both of us
knowing that we may never
get around to it, it may be

years before we’re both
idle again on the same day.
But we make a plan, anyhow,

in honor of friendship
and the fine spring weather
and the new boat

and our sudden thought
of the water shining
under the morning fog.

- Wendell Berry

re-envisioning old hymns…rarely does this work, but Page CXVI does it so well…

We do not merely want to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it … When human souls have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.

- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.


G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

it’s been a while since Disney has captured the magic, whimsy, and heart of there animated films from yesteryear (i.e. Pinocchio, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, etc.)…but, this little animated short “Paperman” suggests they may have found it again…