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Death, the Dark Brain and Transformations in Light, by Edward Bruce Bynum

Death, the Dark Brain and Transformations in Light, by Edward Bruce Bynum

Edward Bruce BynumFeb 1, 202317 min read

Many people may be surprised to learn that the surface of our brain is actually dark and that this darkness has consequences for our experience of consciousness and transformation itself, including our ultimate transformation at death. It also has consequences…

A Welcome Oasis: The 27th All & Everything International Humanities Conference, by Keith Badger

A Welcome Oasis: The 27th All & Everything International Humanities Conference, by Keith Badger

Keith BadgerAug 5, 20228 min read

I would first and foremost like to follow an age-old injunction that every writer, before giving out any advice or critique to anyone else, should obligingly give an honest account of their journey. So before doing an appraisal of the…

My Ancestor, by David Guy

My Ancestor, by David Guy

David GuyMay 26, 20228 min read

In my mid-thirties I found myself in Dante’s dark wood, where my way was entirely lost.  My marriage was falling apart.  My primary mentor, Reynolds Price, seemed to be dying of a weird spinal cancer that was slowly paralyzing him. …

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola EditorsSep 2, 20211 min read

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Fall 2021 issue of Parabola Magazine, Fire, including the lead essay by Sufi master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, “Fire Season.” Read the full issue by subscribing to Parabola. Parabola Magazine · Parabola Podcast Episode…

Parabola Podcast Episode 49: Young & Old

Parabola Podcast Episode 49: Young & Old

Parabola EditorsMay 14, 20211 min read

Our younger selves seed what we become and, as we age, we carry our earlier years with us. A sage elderly woman once told me, “some things you can only understand when you’re old”; yet equally true is that the…

LETTERS FROM HELL, by Jan Cheripko

LETTERS FROM HELL, by Jan Cheripko

Jan CheripkoAug 10, 20199 min read

VALDEMAR ADOLPH THISTED. PREFACE BY GEORGE MACDONALD. WENTWORTH PRESS, 2019. PP. 246. $24.95 Reviewed by Jan Cheripko Originally published in 1866, Letters from Hell was the creation of Danish author…

Coronavirus: A New Responsibility, by Lee van Laer

Coronavirus: A New Responsibility, by Lee van Laer

Lee van LaerMar 19, 20204 min read

Photograph by Lee van Laer   In the midst of our anxiety and our reaction to the danger of infection, life seems somewhat surreal—compelling, distracting. I’m taken by the moment,…

Whence Cometh Our Help: An Exploration with Roger Lipsey (Video)

Whence Cometh Our Help: An Exploration with Roger Lipsey (Video)

Betsy CornwellFeb 18, 20201 min read

Is there such a thing as deciduous ideas? Ideas that have had their season. Some flare into color as a last statement of themselves, others dry modestly and fall away.…

Guidance, by Susan McCaslin

Guidance, by Susan McCaslin

Susan McCaslinMay 28, 201818 min read

Photo by Heidi Sandstrom (@bravelyventure) “I’m guided by a signal in the heavens.” (from Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan”) Early Guides The etymology of the…