what the brother said...
Sunday, January 11, 2004
Beth! Good to hear yr voice.
ponders blogging, narcissism, ambition, and other
is essentially anti-narcissistic, particularly for writers since
it brings the blogger in contact with others, and because it has
the potential to cause the writer to feel and be more independent.
Narcissism, for writers and artists mostly has to do with a lack
of parity between fantasy and reality. All writers suffer from
feelings of inadequacy and this is largely a result of several
reality issues; for one thing, writers do not receive much money
for what they do, and secondly, there are so many competing claims
for the quality of writing work that it is extremely difficult
for writers to get a grip of the value of their work to others,
and sometimes even to themselves. These are essentially actual
problems, not individual psychological
problems, but these intense social problems for writers can easily
and do frequently become psychological problems.
check out the whole thought-provoking piece...
reviews The Last Samurai I stumbled back to the train station afterwards,
roiling with conflicting feelings and with a lot of questions
by E. A. Poe (1844-49)This
making of notes, however, is by no means the making of mere memorandum-
a custom which has its disadvantages, beyond doubt 'Ce que je
mets sur papier,' says Bernadine de St. Pierre, 'je remets de
ma memoire et par consequence je l'oublie;'- and, in fact, if
you wish to forget anything upon the spot, make a note that this
thing is to be remembered.
remember to scribble more in the book as you read it...
Friday, January 09, 2004
suzanne recommends this
article on translation
... i'll put it here to resist forgetting...
Thursday, January 08, 2004
hmmm... i wouldn't have picked eliot
for myself... it must've been the cat question... disillusioned?
... enough, yeah, so? ...witty? never been accused of that...
dedicated? as the lincoln memorial (on a good day)
Your alter poet is Thomas Stearns Eliot. For you,
life rocks pretty hard!
is Your Alter Poet?
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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
a response from Cardinal
George to the priest's letter is found in Windy City Times...
Cardinal George is said to have written:
"Our language is exact, but it does not help
us in welcoming men and women of homosexual orientation. It can
seem lacking in respect. This is a pastoral problem and a source
of anxiety for me as it is for you. It would be good to discuss
together. ... [But if] you cannot resolve that tension between
welcoming people as they are and still calling them to leave their
sinfulness and become saints, or if you yourself do not accept
the Church's moral teaching on the moral use of the gift of sexuality,
it would be all the more important for us to talk."
useful and interesting
to find AN
OPEN LETTER TO THE HIERARCHY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH REGARDING
THE PASTORAL CARE OF GAY AND LESBIAN PERSONS
from 20-some priests of the archdiocese... i'd wondered
if anybody who mattered was ever going to respond to the ongoing
verbal mugging of gay and lesbian people by our catholic hierarchy...
since we get... and sometimes
even read... two major Chicago
... and what seems to be the primary suburban one,
this site looks like a promising resource
hated the fake realism of the news features, and the fake certainty
of the front page.
says jordan davis at equanimity...
yes this is the thing... i've
never heard it put so well... the paper tells us about peopleplacesevents
that are supposed to be real... and o this IS the way it is...
but... at best it's a fair sketch painted on a (spinning) mirror...
in the middle (or off to the side) of a wild bigness... or something...
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
grade stuff... just finished
posting grades to the internet... trip on over to edline if yr
one of mine...
Monday, January 05, 2004
of a writing man
on making space: There's no religious ritual involved, just a desire
for cleanliness and breathing space. Our possessions can all too
easily take us over.
first day back... my
voice... as usual... hurts... i talk too much because on the first
day back there's almost nothing to do... other than talktalktalk...
trying to jumpstart a new semester... talk mostly about grading
exams and papers and counting message board posts and how things
willbe a little different this semester...
then in the ap classes... introducing pope's essay
on criticism... which seemed to require sidetrips... then in the
world lit class reviewing midnight's children, book 1... in prep
for the next chunk... attempted a genealogical chart for saleem
sinai... had trouble remembering character names...