Watched First Reformed with Anna. Her first viewing, my second. Such a powerful film. Having just watched Diary of a Country Priest the night before really changed my viewing of it this time around.

Poster for the film "First Reformed"

🎵Listening to different versions of “Wayfaring Stranger” while I cook dinner. I think this one by Rhiannon Giddens is probably my favorite, but I’m a fan of the grittiness of this one as well, from the soundtrack of The Last Of Us II. Do you know the song? Have a favorite version?

Well, this could be a bit of a time suck… 😬

Tetris, on the Delta app

I was first introduced to John O’Donohue years ago by my friend David, via this amazing interview by Krista Tippett for On Being. I finally picked up the book that made him such a beloved voice for so many a couple of weeks ago and I’m really enjoying it at the moment. 📚#worldbookday

Had the opportunity to visit the exhibition of Nick Cave’s The Devil — A Life at the Xavier Hufkens Gallery (St-Georges) in Brussels just over a week ago. I found it beautiful, and surprisingly moving. - 🎨

Ceramic figurine of small boy with horns touching a fiery, orange and gold orb with title “Devil Inherits The World”Benjamin Holsteen, reflected in the glass window of Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. The window advertises the exhibition of Nick Cave’s _The Devil — A Life_ on display from 5 April - 11 May.

Location check in 🗺 — The Roundel

Eco again (File under “Things that fuel this researcher’s neuroses”): “An idea contained almost by mistake on a page of an otherwise useless (and widely ignored) book may prove decisive for your research. You must discover this page on your own, with your own intuition and a little luck, and without anybody serving it to you on a silver platter.”

Umberto Eco on asking librarians for aid as you research your thesis: ”You must overcome any shyness and have a conversation with the librarian, because he can offer you reliable advice that will save you much time. You must consider that the librarian (if not overworked or neurotic) is happy when he can demonstrate two things: the quality of his memory and erudition and the richness of his library, especially if it is small. The more isolated and disregarded the library, the more the librarian is consumed with sorrow for its underestimation. A person who asks for help makes the librarian happy.”

“Amalia, I find that my religiousness is a slowly emergent state, one that is entirely drawn to the Anglican church of my childhood, and that the haunted presence of Christ is the essential and defining quality of that state of being. Christianity, for me, is bound up in the liturgy and the ritual and the poetry that swirls around the restless, tortured figure of Jesus, as presented within the sacred domain of the church itself. My religiousness is softly spoken, both sorrowful and joyful, broadening and deepening, imagined and true. It is worship and prayer. It is resilient yet doubting, and forever wrestles with the forces of rationality, armed with little other than the merest hunch or whispered intuition. The defining characteristic of my belief, and which I consider to be a fundamental imperative in my life, is uncertainty. This questioning impulse is the essence of freedom and the creative catalyst that keeps the wheels rotating irrevocably toward God.” - N.C.