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‘Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay,’ by Christopher Benfey - NYTimes.com
"Surely the word “vessel” must rate high among the loveliest in the English language. Its meaning contains (vessel-like) a well-wrought urn, a far-­sailing ship, a throbbing vein. Spoken, its whispering consonants cut swiftly past. Printed, its letters even resemble a boat: jutting prow, double-curved hull, high stern. Can it be a coincidence that this Middle English artifact encloses — centered perfectly — the Latin esse, the primal verb “to be”?

And to paraphrase Emily Dickinson only slightly, there is no vessel like a book. Especially when it’s as well wrought and far-sailing as Christopher Benfey’s “Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay,” a book about earthen vases, epic voyages and ancestral blood. Part memoir, part family saga, part travelogue, part cultural history, it takes readers on a peripatetic ramble across America and beyond, paying calls on Cherokee potters, Bauhaus craftsmen, colonial clay-diggers and the author’s brick-mason grandfather."
craftsmanship  quakers  history  art  toread  books  christopherbenfrey  blackmountaincollege  vessels  emilydickinson  bmc  quaker 
august 2012 by robertogreco

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