What’s Next, What’s Done, What’s Good

You know, I am really getting to the point where I don’t care if what I have to say about school sounds smart, or even if it is particularly compelling or convincing. I only care that I know that what I say is true: the truest, truest true that it can be. Because if weContinue reading “What’s Next, What’s Done, What’s Good”

Why Teach the Humanities in Education?

I’ve been invited to participate on a university panel today entitled “Why Teach the Humanities?,” and this is what I’ve prepared to share. It’s a bit of a jeremiad, for sure – but it’s what I am seeing right now, and some of what I am doing about it in my teaching. I have been onContinue reading “Why Teach the Humanities in Education?”

souvenirs of perfect doom

Two observations: 1. My iPod Classic is broken. Kaput. All I wanted to do was put the latest Donald Fagen on it. But My MacBook Pro updated iTunes on the down low last week. And after several cycles of reformatting and shocking claims of “corruption,” it now insists, with an almost audible sigh, that theContinue reading “souvenirs of perfect doom”

And Sometimes It’s Not Even Funny

My blog space is becoming sort of maudlin, isn’t it, with all these elegies: my beloved professor earlier this year, and my perseverations on Dave Wallace that have preceded the class I’ll begin next week on him. Maybe something brighter can come of remembering Robin Williams, even as news of his death is still settlingContinue reading “And Sometimes It’s Not Even Funny”

writing expectations for the class

This is pretty meta: posting on the blog the description of blogging I’m asking my students do this semester which I figured out by…posting on the blog. Still, beauty’s where you find it- and I stand by the pedagogy. Teacher friends: anyone else doing this kind of work? What writing matters most to our learningContinue reading “writing expectations for the class”

something moving in the sidewalk steam

Well, folks, I’ve been scooped – but The New Yorker is a worthy scooper. Check out Jon Michaud’s wonderful piece upon the fortieth anniversary of Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, won’t you – for the crazy video stills of Peter Gabriel performing in character in 1975, if nothing else. Maybe rethink what “progressiveContinue reading “something moving in the sidewalk steam”

Elliot Eisner: my teacher

I learned tonight (Jan. 10, 2014) the sad news that Elliot Eisner has passed away. Elliot was my masters advisor at Stanford, and I owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for his wisdom, his support, and his care. I remember talking to him on the phone from my little office in the Carriage House atContinue reading “Elliot Eisner: my teacher”

letter not-to the editor

Written and not sent; that’s what a blog is for, right? Still deeply felt. Event is tonight: App folks who read this, I’ll see you there! – c I was raised in a conservative religious household, and recall the concern I inherited – absorbed through my skin, like oxygen – about the depravity of someContinue reading “letter not-to the editor”