Week in Review: Stuff worth reading


Stories that blew me away and made me insanely jealous because I wish I had written something that awesome:

“The Mountains of Instead” by Edward Mullany – in the Northville Review.

Of Time and Wind” by Meaghan Mulholland – in /One/

“Allison Trainor is Talking to Strangers, 23 minutes ago ” by Lori Walker – in Literary Mama.

On the blogs – I smell controversy and ire:

This agent post has stirred up a vigorous discussion in author communities about rights to privacy, agent and author behavior, and the codes of professional conduct.

I found another sort of controversy centered on the found poetry “Types of Bitches.” You can read the original post here , the backlash/damage control post here and the discussion on Big Other here.

Elsewhere:

In conclusion, an interesting quote on the nature of belief:

“I hold (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the universe, in its parts, general or particular, it is impossible for the human mind not to perceive and feel a conviction of design, consummate skill, and indefinite power in every atom of its composition. The movements of the heavenly bodies, so exactly held in their course by the balance of centrifugal and centripetal forces; the structure of the Earth itself, with its distribution of lands, waters and atmosphere; animal and vegetable bodies, examined in all their minutest particles; insects, mere atoms of life, yet as perfectly organized as man or mammoth; the mineral substances, their generation and uses, it is impossible, I say, for the human mind not to believe, that there is in all this, design, cause and effect, up to an ultimate cause, a Fabricator of all things from matter and motion, their Preserver and Regulator, while permitted to exist in their present forms, and their regeneration into new and other forms. We see, too, evident proofs of the necessity of a superintending power, to maintain the universe in its course and order.”

-Thomas Jefferson

The above quote explores what I consider at the heart of a philosophy of independent deism. I started thinking about how to classify someone who believes in a god or all powerful entity, but doesn’t associate with one of the major world religions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc. They are not athiests nor agnostic by strict definition. So, now I know. Cool.

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