Archive Monthly Archives: July 2024

“Old Money”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “By now Skylar had reached South Dartmouth Avenue, a cocoon of greenery enveloped the pedestrian from above and below and on all sides. The yards here were meadows flowing gently down to planting strips of thick grass that separated the sidewalk from the street, along which grew, in even distribution, Norway […]

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“Genuine Beauty”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “Genuine beauty, though, transcends physical symmetry. A woman of purely physical beauty, the yearned-for, imitated, and drooled-over cover girl, that paragon of modern society’s hypnotic captivation by the perfect bone structure of the utterly inane, is attractive, but only to the sense of touch. Her body entices a man’s fingers and […]

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“The Pattern”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “As he listened to Traffic, the novice escaping-artist believed that he needed to hear the messages contained in the music precisely at this point in his development; in other words, he clearly understood that the orchestration of specific events in his life served a complex, greater purpose, being not random occurrences, […]

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“The Room”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “Skylar dedicated the room to fellowship, philosophizing, and the arts. He hung prints of famous paintings on the wall: Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Monet’s Impression: Sunrise (whose exhibition, the first example of a new style of painting, gave Impressionism its name), and three Maxfield Parrish works: Daybreak, Ecstasy, and Waterfall. The […]

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“Transcendence”

Excerpt from “Lucinda”: “In the moments just prior to transcendence, she witnessed all of nature spreading out across her inner eye. There were vast acreages of ancient forests, cirques of steel-blue lakes bounded by icy cliffs, stars populating immense spaces in galaxy upon galaxy upon galaxy, hordes of streaming shooting stars, undulant meadows of richly […]

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“Musical Vibrations”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “And above all other delights, be they discussion or artwork, floated the music that filled this room. Skylar and his guests orchestrated the music, like Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, to match the atmospheric conditions of the moment: it might be dreamy, romantic, playful, exotic, transcendental, assertive, or childlike depending on their […]

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“The Unbounded Heart”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “Skylar’s heart did not simply emerge from the oubliette where it had long hidden, but it issued from that neglected darkness with the spiritual effulgence of a saint who has spent fifteen years in ceaseless communication with God. It was no longer a question of finding his heart inside his body […]

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“Revery on a Painting”

Excerpt from “Remembering Eternity”: “He found it charming that he could hear the splashes as the dolphin sped through the waters of the lake and of outer space and that he could feel the cool pearlescent radiance coming out of the moon as it floated just out of the reach of the nucleus: a moon […]

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