April 6, 2002 |
A PELICAN IN THE WILDERNESS Hermits, Solitaries and Recluses By Isabel Colegate Counterpoint: 284 pp., $25 * "A man that Studies Happiness must sit alone like a Sparrow upon the Hous[e] Top," wrote Thomas Traherne, a 17th-century English vicar, "and like a Pelican in the Wilderness." What men and women seek in the solitary life of a spiritual hermit, however, is not happiness in the ordinary sense.
February 14, 1999 |
The Hindu hermit stood on his mountaintop, watching a violent hailstorm topple thick-trunked trees and send them crashing down the lower Himalayan slopes. When followers of the 80-year-old Swami Vankhandi climbed up after the storm, they found that all the trees in his 15-acre environmental retreat were among the mountain's plant life that escaped damage. They immediately proclaimed it a miracle.
April 18, 1988 |
L'AQUILA, Italy--Thieves have stolen the remains of 13th-Century hermit Pope Celestine V from a church where they were kept in a glass-lidded coffin, Italian police said today. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the robbery, discovered by a nun.
June 2, 2002
I have been to Norwich several times, so I read the article about the city ("An Air of Antiquity in Norwich," May 19) with great interest. As someone who loves English history and has studied Julian of Norwich, I disagree with the description of her as a hermit. She was an anchoress [one who lives apart from society for religious meditation] who lived in a small room attached to a church. One window of her room opened to the street, and Julian would have provided the medieval version of spiritual counseling to anyone who came to see her. She was hardly a hermit.
February 15, 2011 |
The Disney Channel programming block formerly known as Playhouse Disney and now rebranded as Disney Junior, to what imagined benefit I don't know, fires off its first new cartoon Monday, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates. " A "Peter Pan"-derived series for the 2-to-7 set that features neither the willful Peter nor his jealous pal Tinkerbell (busy with her own DVD franchise), it offers instead a trio of multicolored yet deracinated small fry whose tropical playtime is repeatedly interrupted by the meddlesome Captain Hook (voice of Corey Burton, channeling Hook 1, Hans Conried)
August 15, 2010
Tame Impala: Not only is it probably one of the better band names in recent memory, but this Australian trio has also delivered one of the best records of 1969 that happened to be recorded some 40 years later. Fuzzy yet irresistably catchy, "Innerspeaker" at times resembles some hazy record clerk daydream of John Lennon fronting Blue Cheer, yet somehow never sounds like just another psych-rock tribute act. Tune in, turn on, rock out. 'Blood Simple' (1984): Recently re-released on Blu-ray, the Coen brothers' noirish debut often gets overshadowed by the ongoing cult of "Lebowski" and the nihilistic Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men. " With a remake on the way from the director of "House of Flying Daggers," now is a perfect time to revisit its humid, amoral world, featuring the great M. Emmet Walsh, Frances McDormand and the most startling newspaper delivery ever filmed.