Sunday Nov. 26 is the birthday of Marilynne Robinson, the renowned novelist and essayist!
Marilynne Robinson’s next book, to be released in 2018, is What Are We Doing Here?: Essays
In anticipation of this essay collection, we offer the following list of ten of Robinson’s finest essays that can be read in full online!
You will find the title essay of this forthcoming collection
(which first appeared in The NY Review of Books) near the end of this list…
Enjoy these essays!!!
via The Yale Center for Faith and Culture
Happiness as an actual state of being is chimerical, evanescent, suspect. At the same time, as an idea or an ideal it is very potent indeed. In this it resembles other great abstractions, for example, love, justice, truth and holiness. A significant part of the world’s recorded thought treats of the questions that surround concepts like these. It was love that burned the towers of Ilium. A fierce, cold, cosmic justice tormented Thebes and overrode the merely human justice Oedipus set out to restore. No account of truth or holiness has ever been conclusive. This fact by itself should be taken as important information about the mind and the world it inhabits.
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