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A tree. A rock. A cloud. 

curation, criticism, and commentary
from James K.A. Smith


“Son, do you know how love should be begun?”  The boy sat small and listening and still. Slowly he shook his head. The old man leaned closer and whispered: “A tree. A rock. A cloud.” 

—Carson McCullers 

Daniel Domig, <i>The Life You Save May Be Your Own</i>, oil on linen, 2017.
Daniel Domig, The Life You Save May Be Your Own, oil on linen, 2017.

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Simone Weil once said that “Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer.” Think of this newsletter as my way of attending to the world, particularly the world of our making—the artifacts of art and culture. A compendium of things that have not only caught my attention but provoked contemplation. I’ll share what I’ve been listening to, where I’ve been looking, what I’ve been reading and writing, and what I’m learning to love.   

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