Sunday, June 27, 2004
New York Times > Opinion > Garry Wills: The Bishops vs.
the BibleNothing I
have said is a defense of abortion. There are strong arguments
from natural reason to oppose it, including a presumption in favor
of personhood where the possibility exists. That they are not
so strong as to command general assent does not free anyone from
the duty of considering those arguments seriously, and of making
a decision in conscience based on that consideration.
All I am saying is that the bishops have no special
mandate from their office to supplant the individual conscience
with some divine imperative. For them to say that this is a matter
of theology is, simply, bad theological reasoning. If they, as
citizens, wish to express their opinion on the natural-reason
arguments, they have every right to do so. But that does not give
them the right to deny others the same kind of arguing, on the
same grounds. The subject of abortion is not a matter of church-state
relations, since the bishops as church authorities have nothing
distinctive to contribute to the discussion.
cool pix at Kite
... thanks, pete...
Saturday, June 26, 2004
i'm wondering how long my knee is gonna
be jacked up... yeah... apparently maladjusted something with
the jogging earlier in the week... kind of gimpy now
i'm hoping mom's road trip is going well
today's videobinge involved wag the
dog and the apostle in that order... with a five-minute
intermission... because i had to return rushmore and american
splendor today anyway... and two thirds of my community would
not be interested in waqtching these others... so... they were
two fine movies... especially the latter... duval...
viewed and thoroughly enjoyed American
last night... a formal playground... now yr in
the cartoon now yr in the movie now yr sitting in the room watching
the movie of harvey pekar... just too much fun for the gloomy
R. I. P. Carl
(1903-2004)... read his poems "The
... and "The
new poetry reviews at The
Friday, June 25, 2004
finally got around to seeing Rushmore
... meh... some nice moments... but... i'm wondering
why criterion (whcih version i did not see but have investigated)
would give it such classy treatment... says more about criterion
than the movie...
B U W E B :: 365 Days Project
... if you have the capacity
to download and listen to the pieces in this project, yr in for
a great treat... judging from the few i was able to access from
school... back in the day... knock yrself out... (i believe it
was the great jan brill who first told me about this)
Thursday, June 24, 2004
and just before now i was watching john
sayles' casa de los babys... some touching stuff... how
could women in search of babies to mother not be?... seemed like
it didn't know how to end so he went with a lady or the tiger/limbo
bit... not that there's anything wrong with that... this is one
of sayles' big canvass movies... the social spectrum... could
have used another hour or so for development of certain threads...
listening at this very moment to wilco's
new a ghost is born... and liking it very much... a very
pretty album... sonically (and graphically)... generally quieter...
less expansive than the last two... very nice...
o... by the way, here's mine: VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
is famous for the stingy pay and benefits it offers its employees.
But another giant chain store, Costco, is the opposite. It's so
good to its workers that some business gurus disapprove. 'From
the perspective of investors, Costco's benefits are overly generous,'
says retail analyst Bill Dreher, quoted in the Wall Street Journal.
He thinks the company's benevolence depresses its stock value
because investors are afraid its profit margins aren't as high
as they could be. But the fact is that Costco is very successful,
and its five-year growth rate has been 10.1 percent annually,
better than Wal-Mart's 9.8 percent. All this is preface, Virgo,
for my warning that your gifts may also be criticized in the coming
week. Be unfazed, please. Have faith that the best way to build
your prosperity is to cultivate your generosity.
so bring it on... i'm ready...
... a quirky horoscope that cites whitman, dylan,
ashbery, and the wall street journal
Printing Techniques Disappear
know two aging printers - J. Hill Hamon in the Kentucky Bluegrass
and Frank Anderson here in Spartanburg - but their days are probably
numbered (numbers 98 and 99 in a limited signed edition of 100).
A residual handful of "private"
presses, such as Larkspur Press in Kentucky, still produce occasional
works for purchase, such as some works by Wendell Berry, but they
are increasingly hard-to-find.
watched LotR3 last night... i
suppose it's possible that someone would not be touched by it
all... but i don't know why someone wouldn't want to be... a very
a random slice from The
... ambrose bierce was born 162 years ago...
ABSURDITY, n. A statement
or belief manifestly inconsistent with
ACADEME, n. An
ancient school where morality and philosophy were
ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern
school where football is
ACCIDENT, n. An inevitable occurrence due to the
action of immutable
ACCOMPLICE, n. One associated with another in a
crime, having guilty
knowledge and complicity,
as an attorney who defends a criminal,
him guilty. This view of the attorney's position in the
matter has not hitherto commanded the assent of attorneys,
having offered them a fee for assenting.
ACCORD, n. Harmony.
ACCORDION, n. An instrument in harmony with the
sentiments of an
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
School of Rock is a most excellent
example of the kind of film of which it is... and Jack Black is
a force of nature... and Mike White is just cool...
... born today, 1668... from the eternally useful Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Vico
consciously develops his notion of scienza (science or knowledge)
in opposition to the then dominant philosophy of Descartes with
its emphasis on clear and distinct ideas, the most simple elements
of thought from which all knowledge, the Cartesians held, could
be derived a priori by way of deductive rules. As Vico had already
argued, one consequence and drawback of this hypothetico-deductive
method is that it renders phenomena which cannot be expressed
logically or mathematically as illusions of one sort or another.
This applies not only most obviously to the data of sense and
psychological experience, but also to the non-quantifiable evidence
that makes up the human sciences. Drawing on the verum factum
principle first described in De Antiquissima, Vico argues against
Cartesian philosophy that full knowledge of any thing involves
discovering how it came to be what it is as a product of human
action and the 'principal property' of human beings, viz., 'of
o i never said... back at the carmelite
meeting... during cocktails before dinner that tuesday... nelson
said we should have a website for carmelite poets... because i
was standing there not drinking a beer because i was going to
drive... and al was sitting there who has written and published
his things here and there... but i said the people who read my
stuff would not want to read al's and vice versa... of course...
and al said o you write poetry? can you tell me one? and i could
not... sadly true... i explained because once i write them i move
on... they are quick moments... not exactly disposable but not
memorable either or worth the memorization... maybe i wish they
were... but they aren't... worth the effort of memory... mattie
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
you want... but i don't need the norm they seem to need at the
cineplex... so this works for me... the dread is palpable... i
didn't know it won the big one at cannes last year... that's nice...
read some reviews (via mrqe
all rainy yesterday i had a mini movie
binge... er... a mini-binge of normal-length movies... rented
four... watched three: that ethan hawke/nyc Hamlet... that
jim sheridan In America... that tarantino Kill Bill,
liked them all...
a common element: the (re)presentation and use of other media
within the film...
constant self-video making/viewing (& all the other electrical
communication... very apt, i thought, as mode of brooding on an
camcorder (voiceover) lending struc(tex)ture... spliced in all
over (represeting now and then and now becoming then)
tarantino's anime inserts... seems to say/remind
that none of this extravagant violence is real... even when we
shift back to "live action"
this morning i started reading The Tale of Genji...
without much headway... soon i'll watch movie #4... Elephant
by gus van sant...
& Essential QuestionsGood
essential questions have some basic criteria in common:
· They are open-ended and
resist a simple or single right answer
· They are deliberately thought-provoking,
counterintuitive, and/or controversial
· They require students to draw upon content
knowledge and personal experience
They can be revisited throughout the unit to engage students in
evolving dialogue and debate
They lead to other essential questions posed by students
Monday, June 21, 2004
Bob Dylan Show' to Play in 22 Minor League Baseball Parks on Summer
Tour With Willie Nelson and The Hot Club Of Cowtown
...According to Bob Dylan, "What
we aim to do with this tour is hit the ball out of the park, touch
all the bases and get home safely."
i believe this
: Thomas Berry (brother of farmer, philosopher,
writer Wendell Berry) is a once Catholic monk who lives in a southern
Appalachian monastery of one...
is just plain wrong. WB's
brother is named John.
which makes me wonder why i have been
wood s lot ::: "the fitful tracing of a portal"
such a subtle resource for all things artsy and wonderful on the
web... i think that long ago i felt it took too long to load via
my dial-up... but now i'm used to slow slow loading everywhere...
so wood s lot
might as well become a regular destination.. i owe it to myself
don't ya think...
became one of the most influential social critics of the 1960s
after he published
Growing Up Absurd, which looked at the
problems of youth in the 'organized system' of modern American
society. He wrote on many subjects, criticizing the failings of
our organized technological society, and making practical proposals
to create a modern society on the human scale.
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