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Archive for February 2017

The Noise of Time

“Art is the whisper of history, heard above the noise of time.” This is the central theme of the novel by Julian Barnes exploring Shostakovich’s experience as a composer living in Soviet Russia.  He starts the novel waiting by the elevator with his suitcase, ready to be taken by Power to the Big House, from…

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When Breath Becomes Air

“You seek what life is in death, Now find it air that once was breath.”  Baron Brooke Fulke Greville   Thus starts Paul Kalanithi’s memoir where he questions what is the purpose of life in the face of death.  It is a human question.  We are blessed and cursed with a consciousness that leaves us at once…

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