Bruce Anderson

Even great wine can’t quite give me hope for Lebanon

This should be an earthly paradise. It hasn’t quite worked out that way

Housman had a point. If men could be drunk for ever, the human condition would be tolerable. But thought always forces its way on to the agenda. ‘And when men think, they fasten/ Their hands upon their hearts.’ This occurred to me in the context of Lebanon. That is a country designed to be a paradise where the nymphs dance to Pan’s pipes.

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