Intermonastic rumble!

From the Foreword of Holy Transfiguration Monastery’s The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian (p. xxxiii), following a lengthy pair of quotations of Saint Isaac, in which he says, “The man who follows Christ in solitary mourning is greater than he who praises Christ amid the congregations of men” (Hom. 64), the editor writes:Continue reading “Intermonastic rumble!”

Philip Glass: Akhnaten

Open are the double doors of the horizonUnlocked are its boltsClouds darken the skyThe stars rain downThe constellations staggerThe bones of the hell hounds trembleThe porters are silentWhen they see this kingDawning as a soul Such are the first words (from the Old Kingdom Pyramid Texts) spoken by the Scribe in the prelude of theContinue reading “Philip Glass: Akhnaten”

Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh

I’ve just been to the new de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to see the soon-closing exhibit Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh. The exhibit closes here 5 February, moving to The Met in New York (21 March-9 July) and finally the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth (27 August-10 December 2006). RatherContinue reading “Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh”