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Corinth, Peloponnese Greece 1937. Statue and Temple of Apollo in the background. Photo by Herbert List.

Κόρινθος, Πελοπόννησος 1937. Άγαλμα και ο ναός του Απόλλωνα στο παρασκήνιο. Φωτογραφία από τον Χέρμπερτ Λιστ.

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(John Light as Oberon and Matthew Tennyson as Puck, 2013 Globe Theatre production, directed by Dominic Dromgoole)

Ten Books that have stayed with me (in the order that I encountered them):

(This sets aside the Bible and The Book of Common Prayer —and OK I cheated, so sue me):

  1. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (really! — I was all of 12 at the time)

  2. Shakespeare,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Tempest

  3. Pascal, Pensées

  4. George Herbert, The Temple

  5. T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland, Ash Wednesday, The Four Quartets

  6. Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov (or Karamazov Brothers, pace Ignat Avsey)

  7. Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, and The Sickness Unto Death

  8. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

  9. Simone Weil, Forms of the Implicit Love of God

  10. Austin Farrer, Reflective Faith: Essays on Philosophical Theology

  11. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

  12. Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories (especially “Revelation” and “Parker’s Back”)

  13. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead