May 31, 2019: A Slight Angle at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

In 1923, the English writer E. M. Forster published a series of essays about the Egyptian city of Alexandria called Pharos and Pharillon. Out of print for many years, the book would likely have remained forgotten, except that one of his essays, which has since become famous, introduced the English public to the modern Greek poet Constantine Cavafy. 

The essay opens with Forster describing Cavafy coming home from his job at the Ministry of Public Works, whereupon he is prevailed "to begin a sentence."

This is no ordinary sentence.