Sunday, October 09, 2005

according to The Writer's Almanac ... It's the anniversary of the first English Luddite riots against the introduction of machinery for spinning cotton in Manchester, England on this day in 1779.

Thomas Pynchon: Is It OK to Be a Luddite?

posted at 10:46 AM

There is no need for a scholarly concordance or an interpretive apparatus to figure out what Vonnegut means. He is happy to tell you so himself, with reference to such unimpeachable and equally plainspoken exemplars as Abraham Lincoln, Eugene V. Debs, Mark Twain and Jesus Christ.

posted at 10:25 AM

 

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Nurture your felt love for nature. Never deny it. That love is the eons, the purifying intelligence, beauty and diversity of nature sustaining us in its perfection. Our disconnection from this love and its advice produces our hurt, greed and destructiveness. We must reconnect and restore its peaceful voice in our thoughts, soul and surroundings.

posted at 7:40 PM

Enclosure, suddenly, is a personal matter: you have been shrink-wrapped in your own skin and you can't get out. That's when the blameless horizon, that wood, those hills, begin to hurt.

posted at 7:39 PM

 

Friday, October 07, 2005

Louisiana Ecological Harm Called Unprecedented

posted at 2:39 PM

seniors are searching for poems ... a poem ... for the second quarter project ... i brought over a mess of my books ... put two on each desk ... and said ... read ... seek ... find ... and here they are in silence ... broken only by low volume joshua redman quartet ... poring over my raggedy tomes

posted at 11:54 AM

 

Thursday, October 06, 2005

August Wilson's Operatic Sweep Added Nobility to Already-Noble Lives - New York Times

posted at 12:58 PM

THE CHATELAINE'S BLURB PROJECT

posted at 12:46 PM

 

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Over the years, the first Wal-Mart was replaced by a larger Wal-Mart that was replaced by an even larger Wal-Mart. Each new store was built in a different place, leaving behind a 'big box' that sat empty for a long time.

posted at 12:00 PM

just arrived ... neil young's prairie wind ... in a smashed up plastic case ... literally crumbled to pieces in my hands ... despite amazon's hyper-packaging ... along with a disk by bright eyes picked up on a whim after seeing a performance on austin city limits ... seemed worthy of an acquisition ... we'll see ...

my voice is slowly coming back ... the occasional cough and sniffle ... still taking lots of drugs ... off to dental adventure after school

posted at 11:57 AM

Do something! ... go read the wendell berry poem featured today at The Writer's Almanac

posted at 11:51 AM

 

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

from thomas merton ...

People seem to think that it is in some way a proof that no merciful God exists, if we have so many wars. On the contrary consider how in spite of centuries of sin and greed and lust and cruelty and hatred and avarice and oppression and injustice, spawned and bred by the free wills of men, the human race can still recover, each time, and can still produce men and women who overcome evil with good, hatred with love, greed with charity, lust and cruelty with sanctity. How could all this be possible without the merciful love of God, pouring out His grace upon us? Can there be any doubt where wars come from and where peace comes from, when the children of this world, excluding God from their peace conferences, only manage to bring about greater and greater wars the more they talk about peace?

posted at 12:54 PM

Philosophy Timeline

posted at 12:21 PM

 

Monday, October 03, 2005

read more Eeksy-Peeksy ... you won't regret it

posted at 10:16 PM

VONNEGUT·COM -- The Official Website of Kurt Vonnegut

posted at 2:29 PM

In a democratic society, where every individual opinion counts, [literature's] incomparable ability to instruct, to make alternatives intellectually and emotionally clear, to spotlight falsehood, insincerity, and foolishness-[literature's] incomparable ability, that is, to make us understand-ought to be a force bringing people together, breaking down the barriers of prejudice and ignorance, and holding up ideals worth pursuing. Literature in America does fulfill these obligations.

posted at 2:18 PM

lots of fun today trying to run class with the tiniest scraps of voice ... right now sophs are in groups dealing with romantic poems & preparing a performance ... this morning i tried to get seniors to carry the weight of the roundtable discussion ... with varying success ... are they really that dependent on my voice? do i really talk that much? i needs to teach them better to be more active ...

posted at 1:26 PM

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