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The Devil's Dictionary: Rite

by Ambrose Bierce R.I.P.RITUALISMRITE -n. A religious or semi-religious ceremony fixed by law, precept or custom, with the essential oil of sincerity carefully squeezed out of it.

Eastern Rite Churches

These include the Uniate Churches that recognize the authority of the pope but keep their own traditional liturgies and those churches dating back to the fifth century that emancipated themse…

First Love, Last Rites

Director:Jesse PeretzWriter:David RyanRelease:8/98Cast:Natasha Gregson Wagner, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert John Burke and Eli Marienthal First Love, Last Rites has the components of a hit art film…

Walt Whitman: Birds of Passage

Birds of PassageSong of the UniversalPioneers! O Pioneers!To YouFrance [the 18th Year of these States]Myself and MineYear of Meteors [1859-60]With Antecedents

Walt Whitman: Passage to India, Part 9

Part 9Passage to more than India! Are thy wings plumed indeed for such far flights? O soul, voyagest thou indeed on voyages like those? Disportest thou on waters such as those? Soundest below …

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Cancelled Passage

by Percy Bysshe Shelley ConclusionCancelled Passage This stanza followed 3, 62-65 in the editio princeps, 1820, but was omitted by Mrs. Shelley from all editions from 1839 onwards. It is ca…

Walt Whitman: Passage to India, Part 2

Part 2Passage O soul to India! Eclaircise the myths Asiatic, the primitive fables.Not you alone proud truths of the world, Nor you alone ye facts of modern science, But myths and fables of eld…

Passages from "The River Song"

Passages from "The River Song"Five clouds hang aloft, bright on the purple sky, The imperial guards come forth from the golden house with their armour a-gleaming.…He goes out to Hor…

Walt Whitman: Passage to India, Part 7

Part 7Passage indeed O soul to primal thought, Not lands and seas alone, thy own clear freshness, The young maturity of brood and bloom, To realms of budding bibles.O soul, repressless, I with…