Episode 61: The Leaf-mould of the Mind
17 April 2021 | Pope St. Anicetus | Eugene, Ore.
“A story grows like a seed in the dark out of the leaf-mould of the mind: out of all that has been seen or thought or read, that has long ago been forgotten, descending into the deeps.” —J.R.R. Tolkien
This week, join me not just for a sunny walk (redolent of summer out of season), but a tour of four books which are adding lately to the “leaf-mould” of my mind. On Looking: Eleven Walks through Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz is about the art of close attention and the whole world around us which disappears from sight because of its familiarity. The Memoirs of St. Peter is a new translation of the Gospel of St. Mark by Michael Pakaluk which I am excited to recommend! Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida is a satirical take on the Trojan War which plays with the consonance between war and romance, that lust for conquest which the medievals called the “libido dominandi.” Finally, I share my impressions so far of Dr. Holly Ordway’s new book, Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-Earth Beyond the Middle Ages, which excavates the leaf-mould of his own fertile imagination.
Opening music: “Jubilate Deo,” composed by Orlando di Lasso, sung by Adoremus Slovak Choir, dir. Antonella Stellabotte, 2013. All rights reserved.
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