So how should I presume?

Shanghai highways

In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," T.S. Eliot positions the question, “so how should I presume?” front and center. J. Alfred Prufrock was a moody, urban, isolated, yet sensitive thinker. He is stricken with feelings of alienation and an incapability for decisive action that has been said "to epitomize frustration and impotence of the modern individual" and "represent thwarted desires and … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry’s weapons of mass destruction

Wendell Berry

I'm pretty sure that in his now-famous press briefing of Feb. 12, 2002, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wasn't trying to write poetry in the vein of William Carlos Williams. Yet, how beautifully he captured the conundrum at the center of all human attempts to make sense of reality, helpfully set to verse by Slate: The Unknown As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we … [Read more...]