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Two things to ponder regarding the great Doctorow's treatise on writing-as-religiosity:1. "It is as if piety itself has a flawed circuit that tends to blow, and the devotion to God becomes the will to power" (p. 90).2. On current political discord: "The instructive image is from Dante's "Inferno," Canto XXV. We are in a pouch of the Eighth Circle, where the thieves reside. A typical transaction occurs between a thief and one of Hell's manifestations, in this case a monstrous six-legged lizard-li...
The biographical bits about childhood and Kenyon were lovely, but musings on religion and politics just left me cold.
Great collection of essays about philosophy, politics, and religion. Inspired to take on the essay form, and also to read Doctorow's novel: City of God. Halfway through that novel now and parts of it are a lot like essays. Also poems, stories, and songs, all from multiple points of view. But that is another review, and to return to Reporting the Universe, a collection of essays, it is a great collection.