Sunday, November 13, 2005

Clusty the Clustering Engine ... different ... sort of ...

posted at 4:38 PM

Class and Language in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

posted at 12:25 PM

World of Wendells

posted at 12:12 PM

Developing a Christian Perspective in Politics

posted at 11:46 AM

Smedley Butler: War is a Racket (1935)

posted at 10:14 AM

makes me be a kid for just so long as i look ...

Illustration by Henrike Wilson from BRAVE CHARLOTTE By Anu Stohner

posted at 9:50 AM


Saturday, November 12, 2005

Sixty Good Years Young ...

*1969 Neil Young
* 1969 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (with Crazy Horse)
* 1970 After the Gold Rush
* 1972 Harvest (with The Stray Gators)
* 1972 Journey Through the Past
* 1973 Time Fades Away (with The Stray Gators)
* 1973 Tonight's the Night (with The Santa Monica Flyers, release delayed until 1975)
* 1974 On the Beach
* 1975 Zuma (with Crazy Horse)
* 1976 Long May You Run (with Stephen Stills, the "Stills-Young Band")
* 1977 American Stars'n'Bars
* 1977 Decade
* 1978 Comes A Time
* 1979 Rust Never Sleeps (with Crazy Horse, new songs)
* 1979 Live Rust (live with Crazy Horse)
* 1980 Where the Buffalo Roam
* 1980 Hawks and Doves
* 1981 Re-ac-tor (with Crazy Horse)
* 1982 Trans
* 1983 Everybody's Rockin' (with Shocking Pinks)
* 1985 Old Ways
* 1986 Landing on Water
* 1987 Life (with Crazy Horse)
* 1988 This Note's For You (with The Bluenotes)
* 1989 Eldorado (EP) (with The Restless)
* 1989 Freedom
* 1990 Ragged Glory (with Crazy Horse)
* 1991 Weld (live with Crazy Horse)
* 1991 Arc (live with Crazy Horse)
* 1992 Harvest Moon
* 1993 Lucky Thirteen
* 1993 Unplugged
* 1994 Sleeps With Angels (with Crazy Horse)
* 1995 Mirror Ball (with Pearl Jam)
* 1996 Dead Man (soundtrack album)
* 1996 Broken Arrow (with Crazy Horse)
* 1997 Year of the Horse (live album with Crazy Horse)
* 2000 Silver & Gold
* 2000 Road Rock Vol. 1
* 2002 Are You Passionate? (with Booker T. & the M.G.'s)
* 2003 Greendale (with Crazy Horse)
* 2004 Greatest Hits
* 2005 Prairie Wind

posted at 8:36 PM


Friday, November 11, 2005

Poetry review: 'Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch' and fiction review: 'Collected Fiction of Kenneth Koch' ...

Two collections -- one of poems, another of stories-- bring together the whimsical and goofy if sometimes tone-deaf works of Kenneth Koch

condescension ... thy name is john freeman

posted at 8:09 PM

well ... we're not a monastery, but we play one on the sign...

just need to get this off my brain ... to consider the locally social construction of ... us ... as carmelites, we are not monks ... we are technically mendicant friars ... we don't live in a monastery ... we live in a priory: a community under the guidance of a prior (not an abbot) ... i suppose this is a fairly fine and perhaps unnecessary distinction for the average denizen of carmel catholic high school ... but there's something about the persistence of this misnomer that's puzzling me ...

"the monastery" has been the long-standing designation for the place we live ... if i told someone to meet me at the priory, i'd get (have gotten) the strangest look ... and i'd have to break down and "correct" myself ... o, i mean "the monastery" ... but i don't think they've ever noticed my vocal quotation marks ...

"the monastery" must offer something that people need ... a comforting image of holy men bent over prayer or study ... pacing dark halls silent in caves of cowls ... living by beautiful bells ... you know, the guys who saved western civ from barbaric hordes ... the monks ... but what the hell's a friar?

some kind of corroded monk? ... for having wandered out of the monastery onto the world's road? ...

chaucer had some generally unkind (because true) things to say about both monks and friars ... a worldliness not altogether sanctified ...

He lisped a little, out of wantonness,
To make his English soft upon his tongue;
And in his harping, after he had sung,
His two eyes twinkled in his head as bright
As do the stars within the frosty night.

& nobody knows better than us how far we fall from the ideal ... so there must be this longing for ... it ... what ... that ideal represented by the monk and muddied by the friar?

well ... when they made the sign nobody asked "hey, what do you guys call your place?" it's just understood that "the monks live in the monastery" ... of course

i don't think any of us are particularly offended by this ... just interested

posted at 3:06 PM

so yesterday i sat in my classroom for friendly visits with parents of about forty of my students ... almost evenly split between sophs and seniors ... a few of these got me thinking about some stuff ... which is always good ... i wish there were more moments for pondering what i do and how i do it in these classes ... but this morning i took time to read an old essay that inspired me once and does again ... "literary reading and classroom practice: aligning practice with theory" by patrick x. dias ... found many years ago in literature instruction: a focus on student response edited by judith a. langer ... i'd almost forgotten how profoundly my practice has been driven by theory ... and how healthy practice needs a regular checkup ... not just a test against the old theory but a consideration of whatever more recent developments may seem ... useful and true

posted at 2:32 PM

Speaking of Faith from American Public Media | Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young | Krista's Journal ...

Boy Breaking Glass:

'I shall create! If not a note, a hole.
If not an overture, a desecration.'

posted at 11:24 AM

sing the bill of rights ... via My tongue broke out in unknown strains

posted at 10:49 AM


Thursday, November 10, 2005

boobiejuice ... a journal of a mom

posted at 8:56 AM


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

What's At Stake? Who would Jesus torture?
In October, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) proposed a measure to ban the cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners captured in the so-called "war on terrorism." The legislation would require interrogators to adhere strictly to guidelines set forth in the Army field manual. The guidelines would apply to both military and CIA interrogators.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dick Cheney, after repeated failed attempts to lobby members of Congress to reject the legislation altogether, is pressuring lawmakers to include a stipulation that exempts CIA operatives from the provisions of McCain's legislation.

posted at 10:32 PM

Hearts & Minds BookNotes

posted at 8:15 PM

Chris Haw's Blog ... puts me in mind to form a list of blogs that are more or less congruent (in some ways) with the thought of wendell berry ... in time ... i'm guessing it would turn out to be a bundle of strange bedfellows ...

posted at 7:54 PM

cat food ...

good discussion with the sophs ... concerning yesterday's project ... respond to a (fictional) parents' letter that asks a teacher (me) to stop using the works of poe and hawthorne ... on grounds that these authors are too dark and un-christian ...

posted at 3:15 PM


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The first time I went there, I had never heard of Curitiba. I had no idea that its bus system was the best on Earth or that a municipal shepherd and his flock of 30 sheep trimmed the grass in its vast parks.

posted at 4:24 PM

Take Action: Stand Up for a Moral Budget ...
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and other committee members did the right thing by removing more than $500 million in cuts to the federal food stamps program that existed in earlier budget proposals. By resisting cuts to vital nutrition programs, they supported the well-being of America's most vulnerable working families.

But other critical programs - health care, student loans and more - for low-income families are still at risk this week! Legislation is still being finalized in other Senate committees that will determine future funding for Medicaid and other domestic safety net programs. Meanwhile, Congressional leaders still plan $70 billion in new tax cuts for the wealthiest among us.

posted at 12:52 PM


Monday, November 07, 2005

from thomas merton ...

The moral evil in the world is due to man's alienation from the deepest truth, from the springs of spiritual life within himself, to his alienation from God. Those who realize this try desperately to persuade and enlighten their brothers. But we are in a radically different position from the first Christians, who revolutionized an essentially religious world of paganism with the message of a new religion that had never been heard of.

We on the contrary live in an irreligious post-Christian world in which the Christian message has been repeated over and over until it has come to seem empty of all intelligible content to those whose ears close to the word of God even before it is uttered. In their minds Christian is no longer identified with newness and change, but only with the static preservation of outworn structures.

from Peace in the Post-Christian Era, by Thomas Merton. Orbis Books; Maryknoll, New York. 2004.

posted at 4:02 PM

WHY IS FRANCE BURNING? The rebellion of a lost generation ... via wood s lot

posted at 3:56 PM

latent poet teaching high school ... good name for a new blog

posted at 3:18 PM

r. i. p. john fowles ... via dumbfoundry ... i remember liking the french lieutenant's woman in a course at mu ... i remember being mostly bored and confused by daniel martin ... but from time to time there'd be this paragraph or this sentence that just ... sent me

posted at 3:14 PM

'If we do the right thing now, the future can take care of itself,' he said. 'Always hope. That's what I've written in all those essays. We're obliged to have it. It's one of the virtues, you know. That means we've got to try and have it.'

posted at 11:26 AM

"He is held in high esteem by many people," Caddell said of his friend. "He's a very gentle person."

posted at 11:22 AM


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