As my physical ability to make music well diminishes my reading, thinking, and learning are showing signs of cool convergence.
This is exemplified by the book I began reading today, The Great Code: The Bible and Literature by Northrup Frye.
Frye has been on my radar for a while and this is not the only book by him I own. it IS the only one I can find right now which is just as well since it addresses so many things I am thinking and learning about.
First of he took his title from William Blake who said that “The Old and New Testament are the Great Code of Art.”
Frye has also written a book on Blake. Frye ties together Blake, Dante, Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, James Joyce, and Vico, all current interests of mine. And, of course, I am interested in what he has to say about the Bible as literature although he points out that he deliberately subtitled the book: The Bible AND Literature not AS.
I’m thinking of plowing through this book. Frye was a teacher and he says that the book he has written is much like courses he taught and I like that a lot.
I’m also plowing quickly through Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust II The Secret Commonwealth.
It’s been a while since I had trouble putting down any book, but both Pullman and Frye have my undivided attention.
took my cat to the vet today. One of his eyes did not look good this morning. Eileen contacted the vet and set up an appointment for me to take him in. The vet thinks the retina/lens has detached and floated up into the front of the eye. Edison (the cat) does not seem to be in any discomfort as a result. He probably can’t see out of it, but that may not be new. The vet recommended doing nothing. Options could include costly eye surgery which would take an unwarranted toll on my old cat. He (the vet) an remove the eye if that becomes necessary. As it is, I’m glad I took him in.