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The eccentrics of one era are the model ...

Each era has its eccentrics and its characteristic attitudes towards them: perplexity, contempt, tolerance, secret admiration (sometimes open) and various mixtures in varying proportions. Typically, what looks eccentric at one age is conventional at another. Assuming a strange man from the Heian period (794-1185) and a strange man from the Edo period (1603-1868) meet, what […]

Centuries before Marvel, there was the p...

(New York Book Review) “Literature,” Rachel Eisendrath insists, “is a story of hindsight. The sighting comes early in “Cloud Gallery, His brief but intense meditation on the pastoral form, Philip Sidney and all the ways we find ourselves reconfigured while reading books. That’s not to say that “Gallery of Clouds” is a treatise about how […]