Category Archives: Music
The world’s largest private Rembrandt collection goes on view at the Louvre
Good piece on the best movie of the year
Dear GOP Congress,
Ignore the clown show in the White House and start passing reforms now. You probably won’t be in power for long.
Squid communicate with a secret, skin-powered alphabet
For Ben Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears
The music of meaning: how to listen to jazz
First synagogue in 500 years opens in Sicily
Darest Thou Now, O Soul
by Walt Whitman
Darest thou now, O Soul,
Walk out with me toward the Unknown Region,
Where neither ground is for the feet, nor any path to follow?
No map, there, nor guide,
Nor voice sounding, nor touch of human hand,
Nor face with blooming flesh, nor lips, nor eyes, are in that land.
I know it not, O Soul;
Nor dost thou–all is a blank before us;
All waits, undream’d of, in that region–that inaccessible land.
Till, when the ties loosen,
All but the ties eternal, Time and Space,
Nor darkness, gravitation, sense, nor any bounds, bound us.
Then we burst forth–we float,
In Time and Space, O Soul–prepared for them;
Equal, equipt at last–(O joy! O fruit of all!) them to fulfil, O Soul.