what the brother said...
Sunday, February 01, 2004
i'm trying to get a handle on some history
over at this
... not sure where it's going... not sure what it matters
just getting a jump on it... tomorrow's
the day... Happy
Barfday, Mr. Joyce
same year as V. Woolf... just a year younger than Felix
great souls all...
You Have Been Drafted to Fight in Vietnam?
: If your number is lower than 196, you would have
Saturday, January 31, 2004
reading the title essay of wendell berry's
1969 the long-legged houseAlthough I have become, among other things, a teacher,
I am skeptical of education. It seems to me a most doubtful process,
and I think the good of it is taken too much for granted. It is
a matter that is overtheorized and overvalued and always approached
with too much confidence. It is, as we skeptics are always discovering
to our delight, no substitute for experience or life or virtue
or devotion. As it is handed out by the schools, it is only theoretically
useful, like a randomly mixed handful of seeds caried in one's
pocket. When one caries them back to one's own place in the world
and plants them, some will prove unfit for the climate or the
ground, some are sterile, some are not seeds at all but little
clods and bits of gravel. Surprisingly few of them come to anything.
There is an incredible waste and clumsiness in most efforts to
prepare the young. For me, as a student and as a teacher, there
has always been a pressing anxiety between the classroom and the
world: how can you get from one to the other except by a blind
jump? School is not so pleasant or valuable an experience as it
is made out to be in the theorizing and reminiscing of elders.
In a sense, it is not an experience at all, but a hiatus in experience.
Friday, January 30, 2004
Schaub - Introduction to Zen Meditation In Zen meditation, there are three main things
to pay attention to: body, breath, and mind.
Pop HitsThe UK's 950
Number One Hits since 1952, reviewed, in order, irregularly, for
as long as I can bear to keep doing it. A history of pop in the
shape of a chart.
from an Old Manse
o the presentations are going well...
very thought-filled... good connections to woolf's apparent purposes...
some very creative graphics and activities... teacher breathes
a sigh of relief... here on student appreciation day...
Thursday, January 29, 2004
a careful observer will note that i've
been doing a lot of random surfing today... yes... i have... the
classes are running themselves today putting finishing touches
on the projects... so i got some post counting done... and a bit
of reading... and some... surfing... here
i think these
are by my brother... but he never said anything
about them being here... we don't talk as much as we might...
i need a dinner invitation
Gorey: Those Covers! Paperback CoversIn April 1953, Anchor opened up a new market
for paperbacks: the 'serious' or academic book. They were the
brainchild of twenty-five year old Jason Epstein who convinced
Doubleday of the market need for such books in paper editions
particularly suited for college use. Epstein's research so impressed
the Doubleday executives that they created such a line and made
him editor. The format was the same as the taller mass market
size (Signet, Ballantine, etc.), but higher in price: 65? to $1.45.
Anchor was well received from the start, reaching a mass audience
through trade book outlets, campus bookstores and some drugstores.
And they had Edward Gorey in charge of the covers.
o... the other night i got to see on
a film by Sherman
Business of Fancydancing
... and it's a good one... for all
the usual reasons that just about anything by mr. alexie is good
pretty good excellent or great... i hope you get to see it sometime...
(i was reminded of this by laurable's
mention of an alexie interview)
and also from plep
Snakes of India
... snakes are cool... i remember the snake
cameo in Pather Panchali... do you?
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
this appears to be the complete text
of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's
... i stumbled onto it by googling "parahamsa
gander"... boy... i bet this is some kind of illegal... those
[Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]A Greek philosopher of the late 6th century BCE,
Heraclitus criticizes his predecessors and contemporaries for
their failure to see the unity in experience. He claims to announce
an everlasting Word (Logos) according to which all things are
one, in some sense. Opposites are necessary for life, but they
are unified in a system of balanced exchanges. The world itself
consists of a law-like interchange of elements, symbolized by
fire. Thus the world is not to be identified with any particular
substance, but rather with an ongoing process governed by a law
of change. The underlying law of nature also manifests itself
as a moral law for human beings. Heraclitus is the first Western
philosopher to go beyond physical theory in search of metaphysical
foundations and moral applications.
if i were streaming broadband right here
you'd see the seniors talking, clipping, laughing, planning for
this project due friday... some have colored markers out... some
have the book in their hands
think about suzanne's
momentary meta-blog... or is it meta-meta-blog (?)do bridge builders blog
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
24 - Nada Gordon, in conversation with Tom BeckettWriting begins with the desire to be hypnotized.
And the desire to hypnotize.
begins with nagging refrains.
begin with boredom, exactly.
Writing begins with
excitation and banality.
Writing begins with
the fury, with kicking.
Writing begins with languor,
then with a stretching up in which the heart beats slightly faster.
Writing begins with the lower lip and jaw jutting
Writing begins with a need for a fort, hiding
place, cave or burrow.
It begins tentatively
and finishes as sweeping gesture.
with total befuddlement.
Writing begins with
terror, and also a struggle against apathy.
begins with mockery.
Writing begins as revelation.
A slightly naughty smile.
begins with a ,ÄòW,Äô (*no* political entendre).
check out the whole interview...
D P G Information traveled
up out of the podium and through the microphone out the speakers
and into/through Silvers's gestural signings / contortions, then
I guess through the sensory pathways of a packed audience and
out somewhere into the darkening night sky.
Dictionary of Phrase and FableFadge
(1 syl.). To suit or fit together, as, It won't fadge; we cannot
fadge together; he does not fadge with me. (Anglo-Saxon, faegen,
to fit together; Welsh, ffag, what tends to unite.)
'How will this fadge?'
Twelfth Night, ii. 2.
still snowing... the apes are working
on virginia woolf/jacob's room projects... what... me worry? i
asked them to work from the following prompt: what can you do
to show your understanding of what virginia woolf is doing in
jacob's room? have i set them/us up for... something less than
LigetiOne of the world,Äôs
best known living composers, Gyrgy Ligeti is widely acknowledged
as a musical pioneer of the late twentieth century. In response
to a general stylistic crisis in the mid-century avant-garde,
Ligeti forged his own musical alternative, based on texture and
sound density, that has become one of the major influences on
contemporary music. His varied output, which he began in pre-communist
Hungary and continued in western Europe after the Hungarian communist
revolution, is searingly intense at times and full of vivacity,
humor and irony at others.
snowing this morning... but with that
lackluster in-betweeny persistence that adds up to NO SNOW DAY...
which would have been nice... but...
that's ligeti... with one eastern european t...
Monday, January 26, 2004
o... so this is ligetti... a thousand
STAR FOR ROBOT BOY: notes on Guided By Voices' work from 1992
to 1997, by Jordan DavisWho
are Guided By Voices, why do I have at least fifteen recordings
by them, and how can it be that those cds constitute less than
half of their recorded output?
t j b l
u g archive
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