A doom metal band takes a psychological approach to death

Charon’s Boat (1932) by José Benlliure y Gil. Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca wrote in his Letters that death both precedes and follows us. Thus the Shores of Null are where we arrive and where we depart. The band’s album Beyond the Shores (On Death and Dying) is a single track, one long meditation on psychiatrist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s…

Read the book to take the Tolstoy personality quiz

Anna Karenina (1935) lobby card. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Greta Garbo, Vivian Leigh, Sophie Marceau and Keira Knightley . . . Many great actresses have played the titular character of Anna Karenina by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910). Having enjoyed the film adaptations, I felt like I already knew the novel by the time I got around to reading…

Come with me on a journey through myth and time

Painting by John Charles Dollman, 1909. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

When it comes to classical music, I prefer opera, and when it comes to opera, I prefer Wagner. I’m not the kind of fan who can argue minutiae in comments sections online — bloody gladiatorial pits, those — but I do enjoy opera and have grown to love certain works…

The publication is closed to submissions for the foreseeable future

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“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias”

I started The Gleaming Sword last year during the…

And it won’t be my last

Original photo by Mockup Graphics on Unsplash.

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has provided an occasion for people to reexamine their lives and consider some changes. I know I have, and I surprised myself the other day by deciding to regularly cook vegetarian meals. I don’t see myself adopting the entire lifestyle soon, but I have introduced…

J.P. Williams

I write about the intersection of arts and ideas, my small contribution to the #ThinGraphiteLine between civilization and its collapse.

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