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What the West Owes the East (Part 12)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    And now, my manuscript takes a brief look at Islamic influence on the Western artistic tradition:   Arabic influence is clearly visible in the arts and crafts of the West. Many materials associated with Western clothing were originally of Arab design. Thus, damask, a silk or linen with a design visible from either […]
Dan Peterson

The Secret Mental Life of Trees (Part 1)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    There’s a curious article in the March 2018 issue of Smithsonian, titled “The Whispering of the Trees.”  Written by Richard Grant, it bears the subtitle or description “Do trees talk with each other?  Have feelings?  Memories?  A controversial German forester says yes, and his ideas are shaking up the scientific world.”   The […]
Dan Peterson

What the West Owes the East (Part 11)

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Another few lines from my current manuscript:   Did Arabic literature have any impact upon the literature of the West? Few people in the West would suspect that it did. Yet the answer is almost certainly yes. It has been argued, for instance, that a book written in twelfth century Spain by a […]
Dan Peterson

Wondering about my legacy . . .

3 months 2 weeks ago
    Yesterday was the first Thursday in roughly eight years that the Deseret News hasn’t carried a column by me.  Doing the articles only every other week rather than weekly is going to be an adjustment.  It had became a habit — a regular, structuring element of my weekly routine.   ***   We […]
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