Sunday, September 19, 2004
driving off to ohio in the morning...
for services for dom's dad... see you wednesday...
out my window i don't get no mountains
no ocean view... but from time to time i get this kind of stuff...
and am happy enough to have it... somehow the orangey quality
of the shot isn't quite right... but... it is... there's a tiny
speck in the sky that's a plane...
... woah... woe... w... oh... the blues!
listening again to gyorgi ligeti... complete
piano music vol 1... performed by Fredrik
... music that makes me happy to be alive... modern,
wild, astringent, quiet, loud, fast, slow... somehow... somewhat...
melodic... but i may just be imagining that... what do i know?
music that makes me want to live...
Saturday, September 18, 2004
and more from WB...Heaven
in Henry County, Sojourners Magazine/July 2004
are always talking about the first church. The real first church
was that gaggle of people who followed Jesus around. We don't
know anything about them. But he apparently didn't ask them what
creed they subscribed to, or what their sexual preference was,
or any of that. He fed them. He healed them. He forgave them.
He is clear about sin, but he was also for forgiveness.
wendell berry interviewed... Heaven
in Henry County, Sojourners Magazine/July 2004But
we need also to raise the questions that are not quantitative.
How happy are people? What do we make of all this complaining?
How healthy are people? How are love and beauty faring? What do
we make of all this doctoring and medication that's going on all
the time at such a great expense? That's not to deny that this
so-called progress has given us things that are worth having.
A hot bath every night is a good thing. I affirm that it is good,
and wish to record my gratitude. There are other good things,
but real harms also have been done.
Herald-Leader | 09/18/2004 | State now has more trees in less
forestMost agreed that major changes
are needed in the way Kentuckians relate to their forests.
One of several people who expressed
that notion was Wendell Berry, the Henry County writer and farmer,
who introduced himself as a 'woods owner.'
'What we're really talking about is changing our
minds about how we think about our forests, which means we're
not going to have to change two or three things, we're going to
have to change everything.'
House of Toast
has some strong, very critical words on the
president's claim to stand for "a culture of life"...
one who is opposed to abortion may feel initially offended by
some of paula's comments... (so... if you are a person who may
be offended or even outraged by such criticism... & you know who
you are... please do not bother reading what paula has to say)...
but i find her thoughts relevant to how the sincerely positive
spin of much pro-life language (and the many good-hearted people
who use it) is so open to co-optation by political characters
whose agendas are often quite dark once the surface is scratched...
note to self: scratch the surface...
was amused yesterday to note that it
was the birthday of two of the most talented of the williams boys...
(1883) and hank
Friday, September 17, 2004
Why I Wrote 'The Crucible'
... Arthur Miller...
new yorker... october 1996...
Thursday, September 16, 2004
word loses much of its appealBut there
is no evidence that the Internet makes people better readers and
more informed citizens. In 1997, Sun Microsystems conducted a
study titled 'How Users Read on the Web.' The first sentence was:
'They don't.' Only 16 percent of test subjects read word by word.
The rest scanned the page, picking up snatches of text and looking
for visuals and keywords before jumping to another screen.
... i wonder if the blog has changed these patterns in any signifcant
and not to complain but... tonight is
parent-back-to-school night... so we teach a full day today...
then bounce back for a second show from 7 to a bit after 9 tonight...
then up in the morning for another full day... feel sorry for
me... for us all...
i passed the morning reading the prologue
of Invisible Man to the apes (advanced placement english students)...
kicking off that novel... i always forget how big it is... how
daunting it must seem... one says we'd better read something
really short next time... and i tell no lie when i say we
will... since IM is the longest of the year...
the sophs are beginning The Crucible w/ some in-class
dominic's dad died last night... so things
are... well... you know...
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Guide to Online Jean Renoir Materials
... jr would be 110
today... this is a rich site... just needs a tiny bit of updating...
photography by Sebastiao
(via the spiral-bound group)
so yesterday afternoon i unplugged the
phone jack fromt he computer back into the phone because it looked
for a moment like it might storm... it didn't... but there was
the little red light telling me of some voicemail... it was my
sister... inviting me to a birthday celebration for her husband
my brother-in-law... on sunday... last sunday... mom and meg were
coming up from petersburg for it... and well... i missed it...
sorry, folks... you really do matter to me much more than it may
seem at times... sigh...
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
of the Literate Culture / Without lust for literature, reading
is at riskIn 2002, most activities showed
a slight drop from earlier surveys in 1982 and 1992, but literary
reading underwent marked change. It fell 10.2 percentage points
from 1982, a loss of 20 million potential readers. Young adults
(age 18 to 24) showed even greater decline. In 1982, about 60
percent of them read literature; in 2002, less than 43 percent
fw #4... go this is goofy i'm just doing
this here instead o fon paper and then i'll push itout to you
whoever you are my typing is not much better than my handwriting
but who cares... you might not care but then... look theres no
if in here theres no maybe just push push the tiny black keys...
then you remember theres sojmething goingon theres nothing goning
on back there but i'm making lots of noise with this and they're
just writing so quietly pencil or pen to paper is so quiet you
could sleep to it you could dream... that's ok we're just dreaming
this has nothing to do with
English why you'c
apitalize that why'd you butter yr bread... never use it muyself
mam but then he ran out to get some magaxzines a newspaper and
never came back well maybe he came back ten of three years later
but the whole world had changed by then and this person he;d been
was just aashaodw type right dummy type clearly for the good folks
out ther but a freewreite is for yrself its not to be read so
go away this is just me typin gfor maybe five minutes is it done
yet i wonder is it ever done who know... i lost rack of time i
forot to look at the minute hand i only saw the steady thin gliding
red second. hand.
aplit reads macleish's "ars poetica"...
you know... "a poem should not mean/but be"... and has
some good conversation about its apparent contradictions... i
wonder... what are we to do in the presence of poem busy being
but not meaning? isn't old archie ignoring the reader... any of
us... who needs meaning whose whole job is to make meaning of
what's there... of course... but he's been beaten up enough over
the years...there's still something ripe about his poem... ripe
after reading edward taylor's huswifery
i thought we might try our own extended metaphors in the sophomore
classes... and we started... and... complications ensued... and
so they'll turn in what they've done today...and we'll move on...
Monday, September 13, 2004
Books: Hannah Coulter: A NovelHannah
Coulter is the latest installment in Wendell Berry's long
story about the citizens of Port William, Kentucky. In his unforgettable
prose, we learn of the Coulters' children, of the Feltners and
Branches, and how survivors "live right on."
ReviewsBerry, Wendell HANNAH COULTER
September 15, 2004 - Hannah Coulter comes from
that long-past generation of rural Americans who fully expect
their lives to pass as uneventfully as their parents' and grandparents'
and God only knows how many ancestors' before them. A girl during
the hard years of the
... and drat... there's no access to
the complete review... i'll have to visit our school librarians...
see if they can help me out w/ the kirkus...
Fall Preview (washingtonpost.com)Hannah
Coulter, by Wendell Berry (Shoemaker & Hoard, Nov.).
The latest installment in Berry's narrative of Port William, Ky.
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