Weekend 317.0 (Si monumentum requiris, circumspice)

(1) Burying the Body in One Place and the Heart in Another (WSJ)

“During the medieval period, the belief that the physical and spiritual worlds were intertwined fed into the idea that the soul was located inside the heart. Many aristocrats and royals even had their hearts removed after death. Their corpses were then interred in the family crypt, while the heart was preserved and buried in a place of spiritual significance. That usually meant a favorite monastery.”

(2) Julie Schumacher: On writing about writers (WSJ)

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