NATHAN RON'S NEW BOOK IS OUT! ERASMUS AND THE OTHER A FULL EXAMINATION OF ERASMUS' ATTITUDE TOWARD NON-CHRISTIANS
FROM THE PREFACE: "THIS BOOK, I DARE SAY, IS THE FIRST FULL TREATMENT OF ERASMUS' VIEWS OF THE 'OTHER'. THE BOOK EXPORES HOW ERASMUS VIEWED NON-CHRISTIANS AND DIFFERENT RACES, INCLUDING MUSLIMS, JEWS,AMERINDIANS AND BLACK AFRICANS. IT DEALS ALSO WITH RELATED ISSUES SUCH AS WAGING A CRUSADE AGAINST THE TURKS, WAR AND PEACE IN GENERAL, AND THE WISHFUL THINKING OF CONVERTING THE TURKS AND JEWS TO CHRISTIANITY."
is a collection of poetry that reads like exquisite prose full of evocative
of the etymology of “journeyman”, which describes a stage in learning one’s
craft. It’s derived from journée, a day’s work or travel. And these
poems are about becoming a master of womanhood, but also about the journey itself
– where does life take us? In Van Der Meer’s poetry we travel the whole
distance, from the gritty to the sublime, from food and sex to the dental
chair, from cancer to sainthood.
Rayanne Haines, Stained With The Colours of Sunday Morning.
you know that a family epic can be written in 60 poems? Rayanne Haines has managed
this astonishing feat. In a slim book of poems she tells us the story of three
generations of women – Georgia, Isabella, and Alina, whose Italian heritage lives
on in Canada. All of life is contained in these verses: sex (my skin carries
the spices/ of men I’ve made love to), marriage (don’t ask the wild
women heart in me to bend), the mother-daughter relationship (my angry
daughter, unreachable by me), even the Canadian weather: We wondered if
the earth/was trying to finish herself off./ Each February was the same./Our
bodies desperate/for the lush wine blood of the sea.
an experimental creativity pill and the concept of neuropharmaceutical
enhancement of your brain is ghosting around in this novel. Ali, who tests it,
has a numinous lifting. It brings a feeling of simultaneity, not tick or
tock but both at once, sustained. It opens the mind to connections otherwise obscured
by temporal distances, by fading and forgetting. One of the subjects had
written of “absolute presence.”
Henry James (the “James” of the title) set the
precedence in his novel The Turning of the Screw. His ghost story
seemed to confirm the existence of a thing not yet named, like an invisible
planet postulated through math. James understood these internal phenomena.
The effects of Alph were not supernatural and yet brought the presence of
Ali reads James’ novel and has a vision – Alph
was crossing the blood-brain barrier. The chemical appeared as small
attenuating swirlings in the blood, like tornadoes…the image lasted only a few
seconds, but it was as certain as the remembered lines of text. They return
with more force than when she read them. She was in two places at once, in
two times at once. Was the border between the states of vision and reality
eroding? And was her present reality itself already compromised? Certainly she
was experiencing slight jump cuts in time. Without seeming to have returned to
it, she was back at her desk.
Is the protagonist of the next chapter on the
same drug? He has been hired by the enigmatic Durant to interpret poems posted
on a website, but soon finds that anyone who tried to penetrate it began to
see their own lives communicated back with terrifying veracity. He
experiences a heightening of his senses. I was aware of my failure to see,
of having grouped a series of first glances into a type based on a general
similarity and so overlooking each distinct feature. It was what everyone did,
this lazy way of seeing. Suddenly he recognizes the man who was following
him. Was it a sharpening of his senses or just paranoia?
the typical fashion of contemporary literature, Michael Helm disdains
explaining things to the reader. You’ll have to figure them out for yourself.