Books and Places

It has been said that the Divine Comedy is a book that reads us: one of those rare works of art that compels deep self-examination. In a similar way, Europe, despite its decline, is a place that places us.

via From Disneyland to Dante | The American Conservative.

I feel much the same way about the truly old and timeless places in California. I am attracted to places like the Missions and Yosemite not just because of their beauty, but because they evoke a kind of contemplation that can only be found in the presence of deep history, whether natural or manmade.

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