Tag Archive: meaning

May 27 2015

On why I brush my teeth in the morning.

I have begun work on a very interesting, long-term translation project with a historian of literature, who is writing a book about Dostoevsky. For this project, I am translating hundreds of pages of obscure notes and reminiscences about Dostoevsky, some of his own writing, and comparing existing translations. Not only have I re-immersed myself in …

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Aug 12 2014

On tracks in the snow and beauty unseen.

This I am writing at someone’s request—a person I know well and love, who recently told me that her life had had no impact beyond, perhaps, having produced her children. She seems to have given into this thought, and so it is on her children’s achievements that she now pins all her hopes for making …

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Mar 25 2014

On why we teach.

Leonard Swidler has been a teacher for over 50 years. He is a religion scholar, one of the founders of the very field of interreligious dialogue — but whatever he’s done, from the day he stepped into graduate school and until this day, he has taught in a classroom. Sometimes, out of it. Usually, both. …

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Sep 02 2013

On bearable pain.

This essay is not entirely about pain. It is actually, at least to me, primarily on the nature of time. But I have looked over my own writing and realized that I don’t write about pain nearly as much as I would have thought I would. I know why. I also know why I was …

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