As Ever

A desultory review of art, culture, and ideas from your favorite ornamental hermit.
Created 18 Apr 2021
  • Oh Yah, You Betcha Edition
    01 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 2
    Gm. This month, As Ever has joined up with a travelling caravan slowly meandering its way through ancestral lands (i.e. visiting my parents). So this roundup is a bit shorter, a bit sweeter, and a bit...
  • Île de Mont-Royal
    21 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    I am a camera with its shutter open, passive, recording, not thinking...Someday, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed. —Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin I want to organize all thes...
  • Strike a Pose Edition
    03 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 1 8
    Howdy. This is my semi-regular roundup of what I’m reading and working on. If you’re new, catch up on what this substack is about here. I also post occasional poetry and prose. It’s free. Subscribe he...
  • When Paolo Met Flannery
    19 Sep 2021 • 16 min read • 2 4
    This is a deep dive with lots of spoilers. If you’re into that I recommend grabbing some coffee and reading on desktop. In a recent newsletter, I mentioned in passing Flannery O’Connor’s views on art’...
  • Film Review: The Great Beauty
    17 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    This review was originally published in 2014, but has been lost to the Internet’s “lone and level sands” (link rot). I am reposting it with no further editing here. When Paolo Sorrentino, director of ...
  • Autumn Man Edition
    04 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 1 5
    Hola. This is my semi-regular review of what I’m reading and working on. No “main” essay this month; this roundup got far too long. (Apologizing for length—this is starting to feel like real letter wr...
  • Some Notes on Gawain
    14 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    Note: SPOILERS AHEAD for those who care about such things. (The movie may have been out for only two weeks but the Arthurian legends hit newsstands going on a millennia ago. The statute of limitations...
  • Convivial Tools Edition
    04 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 1 2
    Good morning. This is my semi-regular review of what I’m reading and working on. I also post occasional poetry and prose. Catch up on what this newsletter is about here. Or subscribe here if you like....
  • Ode to Hydrangea
    20 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    war and disorder washed me up on the riverside in Shu a good place to recuperate from my long travel sickness —Du Fu, from Sent to Be Written on the Wall of My Thatched Cottage Outside my front window...
  • Engineers of the Soul Edition
    02 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 0 3
    Hello. This is my occasional review of what’s on my mind and my desk. I am starting with a bit of longer form and then getting into fun tidbits. Catch up on what this newsletter is all about. Or subsc...
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