"love is not a victory march / it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah" - L. Cohen
Jack Phipps was one of the best experiences of my time at CCHS.
It may not be auspicious to begin by admitting a mistake, but William Deresiewicz had it right at the end of "The Disadvantages of an Elite Education."
How do I convince students to write like they will be heard?
Lincoln says that the fathers of the United States "conceived [it] in Liberty," "dedicated [it] to the proposition that all men are created equal."
"Extreme exertion / isolates a person / from help, / discovered Atlas."
Every semester I ask my students to talk about themselves. This semester I have a lot of high school students taking dual credit courses.
I am thinking about service.
I'm sitting at the bar, sipping a margarita, and chatting pleasantly with two older couples.
"There's no escaping from this room," Cattafi intones, leading me to ask: this room? What room?
...Jonathan Katz talks about "the right to be an asshole."
Szymborska's riddling moral in "Puddles" fascinates both as a matter of craft and as a puzzle about our paranoia
Kyla Houbolt's "The Yellow Submarine" presents us with yellow everywhere.
...I want to look at some remarks of Heidegger which concern how faith relates to the question "Why are there beings at all instead of nothing?"
Mori achieves an affecting memoir of what COVID wrought.
...I was not convinced in the least that "Why is there anything at all?" was a good question.
In my early twenties, I was assigned Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics for a class. I did not get very far.
Letters are not easy. I know this, but I write bad ones anyway.
It is a pink square with a texture like a paper napkin.
We believe who we were could understand who we are.
...the evening would not be the evening, nor the day the day, if we did not labor and require rest.
This moment feels more radical, as if the very possibility of change—I'm not even speaking of a specific change—were an affront to divinity.
The sacred as untouchable, inviolable, inaccessible makes sense to me.
Tucker Carlson being out at Fox is a huge deal. If I could organize a symposium of academics to talk about it, I would.
I finish writing a short piece on nihilism, and then I have to confront the news.
I confess confusion regarding the word "nihilism."