A Taste for Imperfection: Selections from Remy de Gourmont

Translated by Fergus Cullen "Clair de lune" by Félix Vallotton, c. 1895 If beauty promises happiness, it is always imperfection that keeps the promise. Le Pas sur le sable (Paris, 1919), p. 19. Note Remy de Gourmont rose to prominence as a Symboliste poet, and to preeminence as a critic. He is rarely called a … Continue reading A Taste for Imperfection: Selections from Remy de Gourmont

Outside

By Ulysse Bouchard "Girls Dancing Around An Obelisk" by Hubert Robert, 1798 I’ve desired, and a symbol, less than a symbol; a sign has sufficed. Sometimes less: something to pursue, a movement, a gaze, a line, a wait, at last a doubt, sliding along the faces of the lakes — a question mark. Like the … Continue reading Outside

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