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Anthology: Ten Years TQ – Nancy Cantwell

Willie Mays, New York Giants, Polo Grounds, Rookie Season 1951


First let me say what an incredible privilege it has been to work with all the contributors to Times Quotidian:  

Guy Zimmerman, Associate Editor | Contributors: Marla Apt, Alan Berman, Suresh Chandvankar, Lorraine Davis, Brian Forrest, Alissa Guzman, Patrick Halm, Jim Houghton, Sean Hughes, Robert Kato, Constance Mallinson, Michelle Plochere, Naomi Pitcairn, Janet Sternburg, Rita Valencia, Aram Yardumian, Melanie Wudl, Tom Wudl

The work has been extraordinary, penetrating and incredibly rewarding. To be able to cultivate such material for our readers near and far has been an extraordinary achievement and I applaud one and all.

But onwards to my own workings and excitements. And honestly as I keep looking backwards and forwards I still land onto one of the very first of pieces published of mine:


Desire is the first datum of our conciousness; we are born into sympathy and antipathy, wishing and willing. Unconciously at first, then conciously we evaluate: “This is good, that is bad.” And a little later we discover obligation. “This being good, ought to be done; that being bad, ought not to be done.”
Aldous Huxley

I return repeatedly to Aldous Huxley’s Perennial Philosophy. It is a comprehensive compendium of metaphysical thought. It investigates topics ranging from, “Personality, Sanctity, Divine Incarnation” to “Good and Evil” to “Time and Eternity” to “Faith” and “Suffering”. Excerpts from authors include Eckhart, William Law, Chuang Tzu, The Bhagavad Gita, Maitrayana Upanishad, Kabir, Rumi and St. John of the Cross. All of us, who put time aside to contemplate the relationship between Atman, “the personal self”, and Brahman, “the universal Self”, will profit from these readings. In Chapter 1 “That Art Thou” Huxley opens with these words:

“IN STUDYING the Perennial Philosophy we can begin either at the bottom, with practice and morality; or at the top, with a consideration of metaphysical truths; or, finally in the middle, at the focal point where the mind and matter, action and thought have their meeting place in human psychology.”



Heavenly Bodies: Parts One, Two and Three

Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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OutTake – Shinzen Young, Bibliotecture, The Famous, The Infamous and The Anonymous, Working It, At the Polo Grounds, Bring on the Clowns, Move Along, Influences

Coursing Towards Twelve Tone

Quatuor Diotima, Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg, String Quartets, Jacaranda 02-25, 2017 

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Sight and Sound, Ignited, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Rilke Songs, Sound Sourcing, Werner Herzog, February 20, 2009, UCLA, Wodabee Tribes of the Sahara

JPG’s Tour De Force

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, De Young Museum, Herbst Exhibition Galleries –

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Balenciaga’s Wake Up CallA Considerable Collection, Last Year at Marienbad – Chanel, Take One, Midnight – The Dress That Started It All


B.K.S. Iyengar, Dona Holleman, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Geoeorg Feuerstein  –

Related Posts – Eastern Philosophies, Iyengar Yoga:
Razors Edge, Wisdom Work, The Invocation to Patanjali, Poetry in Translation, In the Heart of All Things, Good Luck, Bad Luck

Photograph Courtesy of Molly Rhodes

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