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Maclin Horton
Fairhope, Alabama [email: my first name followed by a period followed by my last name at]
Victor Hugo said "50 is the youth of old age." Now it's 60, I think.
Interests: music, literature, film, politics., catholic spirituality and doctrine
Recent Activity
I have long been under the impression that All the King's Men is about a populist demagogue similar to Huey Long. Having read the book at last, I don't think that's quite right. It's closer than saying that Macbeth is about Duncan, but it's off the mark in that general... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Light On Dark Water
CORRUPTION SURE, it was so. Man in those early days Was not all stone and earth: He shin’d a little, and by those weak rays Had some glimpse of his birth. He saw heaven o’er his head, and knew from whence 5 He came, condemnèd, thither; And, as first love... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Light On Dark Water
I find that I'm unable to stick with the intention of only reading one book at a time, so I try to limit myself to two, one fiction and one non-fiction. But I've just broken that, too, by starting Phillip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle before finishing... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Light On Dark Water
DANNY DEEVER ‘What are the bugles blowin’ for?' said Files-on-Parade. ‘To turn you out, to turn you out,’ the Colour-Sergeant said. ‘What makes you look so white, so white?’ said Files-on-Parade. ‘I’m dreadin’ what I’ve got to watch,’ the Colour-Sergeant said. For they’re hangin’ Danny Deever, you can hear the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Terrence Malick's Tree of Life was released in May of 2011, so it must have been at least sometime in that year that I saw it. Surely I mentioned it here...oh yes, I saw it in August of that year, and here's the brief post I wrote about it. An... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
THANKS Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings we are running out of the glass rooms with our mouths full of food to look at the sky and say thank you we are standing by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
In the effort to see more of the yet-unseen Bergman films in the FilmStruck catalog before it shuts down, I started watching Thirst. About fifteen minutes in I realized that I'd seen it before, only two years ago. I had not cared much for it then (see this post) and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
THE PARABLE OF THE OLD MAN AND THE YOUNG So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went, And took the fire with him, and a knife. And as they sojourned both of them together, Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father, Behold the preparations, fire and iron, But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
This is the 100th anniversary of what used to be known as Armistice Day. God help us, what a century of slaughter that war began. What do we make of the fact that the modern era has seen both a greater awareness of and sensitivity to injustice and suffering of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
BRIDGE MORNING The child outside the swinging door Heard her mother say, I won't make something of myself Stuck at home all day. Honey, said a languid voice, Some days I'm so depressed By toilet bowls and groceries I almost can't get dressed. Another friend remarked, I told My husband... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
There was a time when I could not have imagined being indifferent to the release of a new Dylan album. But it was a fairly short time, only five years or so in the last half of the '60s. Nashville Skyline, Self-Portrait, New Morning, and Planet Waves pretty well cured... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
WHY SHOULD NOT OLD MEN BE MAD? Why should not old men be mad? Some have known a likely lad That had a sound fly-fisher's wrist Turn to a drunken journalist; A girl that knew all Dante once Live to bear children to a dunce; A Helen of social welfare... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I don't think I've ever been as happily surprised by a book as I have been by Waugh's Helena. My expectations for it were not very high. In fact the truth is that I picked it up partly out of a vague sense of duty: he's a writer I like,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
FOUR PRELUDES ON PLAYTHINGS OF THE WIND The past is a bucket of ashes. 1 The woman named Tomorrow sits with a hairpin in her teeth and takes her time and does her hair the way she wants it and fastens at last the last braid and coil and puts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Several weekends ago my wife and I went to the opening at the Mobile Medical Museum of an exhibit which featured Dr. James A. Franklin, Sr., and his work: "Dreaming at Dawn: African Americans and Health Care, 1865-1945." This rather inadequate photo is of the portrait of him displayed in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
THE LATEST DECALOGUE Thou shalt have one God only; who Would be at the expense of two? No graven images may be Worshipped, except the currency. Swear not at all; for, for thy curse Thine enemy is none the worse. At church on Sunday to attend Will serve to keep... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
A few years ago I picked up two of William F. Buckley, Jr.'s spy novels from a giveaway table at the library. I've never been a big fan of Buckley's writing as such, but I like the genre, and was curious as to how Buckley handled it. Recently, having begun... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
HOUSE OF REST Now all the world she knew is dead In this small room she lives her days The wash-hand stand and single bed Screened from the public gaze. The horse-brass shines, the kettle sings, The cup of China tea Is tasted among cared-for thing Ranged round for me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
So Kavanaugh has been confirmed. As I fully expected would be the case, the result is not peace but mutual declarations of war. There isn't going to be any post-game handshake and congratulation here. Rather, many or most on both sides are saying "Our enemies now stand revealed as the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
(Note: the reference is to church windows; this poem is part of Herbert's long sequence The Church, which in turn is part of The Temple, which contains most of his English poetry.) THE WINDOWS LORD, how can man preach thy eternall word ? He is a brittle crazie glasse :... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I can't remember whether it was before or after the Ford accusations became public, but at some point a couple of weeks ago I said of the Kavanaugh hearings that their one absolutely certain effect would be a net increase in the amount of hate in this country. Rod Dreher... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
EPISTLE TO BE LEFT IN THE EARTH ...It is colder now, there are many stars, we are drifting North by the Great Bear, the leaves are falling, The water is stone in the scooped rocks, to southward Red sun grey air: the crows are Slow on their crooked wings, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I'm writing this post on Thursday afternoon and scheduling it to be posted on Monday, as I'm going to be out of town for the next few days, and am a bit compulsive about not missing a week. I say "writing" but actually I'm mostly transcribing, as I don't really... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY DEATH Every year without knowing it I have passed the day When the last fires will wave to me And the silence will set out Tireless traveler Like the beam of a lightless star Then I will no longer Find myself in life as in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Television is a drug, we've been told for decades. It really is. I don't like to think I'm hooked on it, and I can say in a certain sense that I "don't watch television." But that certain sense is what the phrase used to suggest (and I guess still does... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Light On Dark Water