I just read a short story by Muriel Spark (“The Portobello Road”) and I’m in the middle of writing up an analysis. Hopefully I won’t lose my saved documents like I did last month and waste all my effort. “The Portobello Road” is a fascinating ghost story which should appeal to literary and not-so-literary readers. So if you have read it or by chance you have it in a collection and have the chance to read it, check on my analysis of the story. I searched and searched on the internet to see if there was an online edition, but I just couldn’t find one. In the meantime you might want to look up Muriel Spark’s biography on Wikipedia. Among other things she was a Roman Catholic convert.
In the meantime I leave you with this most notable quote. I can’t argue with art and religion, which I would say are intertwined, but I might put science ahead of philosophy, given that I’m an engineer. No, I take that back. Though philosophy irritates me, I think she’s got it just right.
Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that’s the order of importance.