Archive Monthly Archives: May 2024

“Simple Happiness”

“Remembering Eternity”: “Against this outlook, Skylar took his stand. Whether through the fairy tales he had been exposed to as a child or the literature he had read as a youth, through the lessons he had learned from films or from simply watching adults in his environment, the seeker knew that happiness and peace could […]

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“Girl of Reverie”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “Through the rooms of this immense castle, which seemed to have no limits, bounds, or breaks, he would chase the gossamer glints of a maiden, the maiden, the one. She was gracile and lithe with the palest yellow hair streaming behind her as she ran, a maiden of a Pre-Raphaelite mind, […]

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“Adolescent Daydreams”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “Once his mother left the room, he flounced toward the bed and dropped himself down onto it with the dead weight of a falling dumb bomb. Horizontal, eyes closed, arms extended along his sides: this was the position he assumed as he wrestled with the nymphs, wolves, and ghosts of adolescence. […]

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“Renaissance”

“Stages of life are characterized by specific flavors of consciousness, each unique unto itself. And each stage has a song or two that succeeds in capturing, as a gestalt, every aspect of that particular life phase. I was recently listening to the Renaissance song “Carpet of the Sun” from the ’70s: there flowed the notes […]

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“Genius”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “In Skylar’s view, genius, like everything truly fine in life, never stood the vassal to or subject of intellect. Critics, art historians, and other artists could argue themselves hoarse in support or opposition of a work such as the Birth of Venus, but using logic to evaluate art was like measuring […]

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“The End of Exams”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “It was about two o’clock in the afternoon on the day after Skylar’s last final examination. A cylinder of yellow sunlight passed through the narrow casement window in the sophomore’s bedroom, inflaming a golden aureole around Artus’ head. The rectangular lights of the mullioned window had been refashioned, all luminous, stretched […]

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“Genuine Happiness”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “When one has gained inner stability, then a quiet joy constantly fills one’s life. One no longer depends on external developments to bring happiness; one is already happy. The sun may shine or the rain may fall; the stock market may rise or it may drop; wrinkles, gray hair, and illness […]

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“Transcendence”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “The world’s weight, which had, throughout his life, cut into Skylar’s shoulders painfully like a bamboo pole supporting the heavy water buckets carried by a frail village woman, disappeared and with it, the world itself. Remaining motionless against the pillows, eyes shut, the experimenter did not come face-to-face with (for there […]

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