In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, / Earth hard as iron, water like a stone . . . (Poetry by Christina Rossetti)
by Cen Shen* (715 - 770) The pagoda, rising abruptly from earth,Reaches to the very Palace of Heaven....Climbing, we seem to have left the world behind us,With the steps we look down on hung from space.It overtops a holy landAnd can only have been built by toil of the spirit.Its four sides darken the bright… Continue reading Ascending the Pagoda at the Temple of Kind Favor
by Jonathan English [As the new Bond film No Time to Die showcases a character who has deepened, growing more mature, emotionally honest, and even sacrificial, the following groundbreaking article looks back nearly 60 years to explore overlooked depths in the 1962 Ian Fleming short story "The Living Daylights." Further, as illuminated here, the dark… Continue reading James Bond: The Spy Who Nearly Came in from the Cold
by Jonathan English Twenty years ago now, Baz Luhrmann’s brilliant cinematic marvel, Moulin Rouge!, blazed across the silver screen. It would go on to receive eight Oscar nominations. Still, many critics seem to overlook its depths, bedazzled and almost blinded to deeper meaning by the film’s surface splendor, fast-paced brilliance, and abundant musical allusion. For… Continue reading Awakening Love: Christian’s Descent into the Underworld in Moulin Rouge!