The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Brian Jay Stanley’s essays have appeared in The Antioch Review, North American Review, and Pleiades. He lives with his wife in Asheville, North Carolina, where he rides an electric bike to work and is replacing his grass with moss and thyme to avoid having to mow.
Books lift us out of the smallness of the present and into history, out of the smallness of ourselves and into humanity. Most readers favor modern books, equating old with irrelevant. But just as a phrase in one’s native language jumps from a page of foreign text one is struggling to translate, familiar passions jump from the strange depictions of earlier times.