Elegy to Musica Universalis

By Christian Mack "Hoarfrost" by Théodore Rousseau, 1845 The sky’s gone quiet— the angels are dead.Elysian fields a mass grave, ethereal.No longer do I hearheaven’s chiming.Glittering choir,Fill this silent night,for no barebeating heartcan fill the silence— a murmur in the expanse— My god, My godSuch silence…

Thomas Young’s Sermon on Natural Religion

Painting by Michel Sokolnicki based on a sketch by Tadeusz Kościuszko, famous Polish military engineer and volunteer in the Continental Army, entitled “Thomas Jefferson, a philosopher, a patriote, and a friend.” An essay on Thomas Young followed by four of his texts: A Sermon on Natural Religion Creed To the Inhabitants of Vermont. A Poem … Continue reading Thomas Young’s Sermon on Natural Religion


By Shane Devine "Ancient Rome" by Giovanni Paolo Panini, 1757 The halls were empty, and the ceiling lights shined brightly. Robert walked to the back of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a brisk pace, feeling pressed for time to complete a university assignment before dinner. His boots left slight prints of slush before they … Continue reading Metropolitan


By Shane Devine "Autumn Rhythm" (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock, 1950. Credit: George A. Hearn Fund, 1957. Joshua Susskind was standing in the bathroom of his Brooklyn apartment, wondering where the time had gone. He was balding; his arms were skinny, but he had developed a gut. His glasses were five years overdue for a … Continue reading Hammers