The individual is the great mystery. See “Faith and Reason in Continental and Japanese Philosophy: Reading Tanabe Hajime and William Desmond” by Takeshi Morisato (Bloomsbury, 2019).

The silent reader

leaning over her book in

the noisy cafe.

The TV. Locals

catching up. Old men acting

young. Then there’s her space.

She starts, looks at her

watch, and packs up. Home, office:

this place is heaven.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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