Big ain’t beautiful

Richard Beck, in Experimental Theology, quotes William James: “I am against bigness and greatness in all their forms, and with the invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, stealing in through the crannies of the world like so many soft rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, and yet rending the […]

Frazzled institutions

The photograph by Cea is Branching Morphogenesis, a walk-through installation by Jenny Sabin, consisting of 75,000 cable ties resembling neural net of the brain. This is a pattern and organising structure at the heart of our nature – and a far cry from institutional patterns highlighted by the likes of Virginia Woolf in an earlier post. Diarmuid O’Murchu calls institutions “frazzled” […]

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In Leaving Alexandria Richard Holloway recalls Virginia Woolf’s tract Three Guineas  (originally published in 1937) in which she contrasts the private house (woman’s sphere) with public life (man’s sphere): Your world then, the world of professional, of public life, seen from this angle, undoubtedly looks queer. At first sight it is enormously impressive. Within a small space are crowded […]