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Sierpinski Schmierpinski – On What the Writer Intends

The below is from the radio program “Bookworm” (4/11/96) with Michael Silverblatt. It is an interview with David Foster Wallace about Infinite Jest and this snippet focuses on the structure of the novel (and the novelist’s intentions). MS: Yes it does, but I wanted to suggest, at least for me, that the organization of the […]

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All Over Lost

I am nearly 47. I am very old and extremely ignorant of what has meaning to so many people these days. This piece in The New York Times by Leon Wieseltier (h/t Colin Allen), Among the Disrupted, pretty much expresses much of what I feel regarding the way the speed of “cultural transmission” allows for […]

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Judge Not Lest…

From a letter by Morse Peckham in response to a New York Review of Books piece by Christopher Ricks on five of his works, “Out of Order (1971).” Judging Art: (1) Any proposition can be used as a basis for judging art. (2) An indefinably wide range of propositions has so been used, and new ones […]

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Evolving To Heavenly Host

This morning a friend shared a link with me regarding the “good” of science spending as measured against the “evil” of suffering (“With all the suffering…“).  Basically, why spend money on “exploration” when so many are starving and dying?  Spend money combating suffering instead of space exploration. As answer or justification for spending on science […]

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The Logic of Technagogy

Our advances in technology offer what we might call short-cuts to thinking and doing. The logic of technagogy might be stated thus: the more technology we use in elementary and secondary schools the less the students need to think and do.  In other words, introducing children at younger ages and in a sustained fashion to […]

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Soulless We Externalize

For Eric…seeking a French story. “But I admit that I am indulging in theoretical considerations of the short story, although happily I can disregard them when I begin to write.  But I am not satisfied that the American form is the better.  The American method at its best is to tell a story which prepares […]

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Off the Wall: Educating Tomorrow’s Paradigm Today

Today, while checking the jobs board at my local school district I noticed a new position (new to me).  Here it is: Digital Learning Coach: Coach serves as part of multiple educational teams, providing job-imbedded and ongoing professional development for teachers, staff, and administration.  Position plays a very strong role in the analysis and utilization […]

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Facilitating First Impressions: Education and theTechnological Teat

A book will “drop” at the end of the month called “Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World,”.  At the link is a brief interview with the author where he makes one point that must be clear to us by now, “first impressions” are of questionable merit, at best, “dangerous” and damaging at worst. […]

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The Art of Remembering and the Act of Forgetting

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  Alice Walmart is buying Art to put into her Alice Dollhouse. The wealthy, the rulers, used to commission art not just buy it.  I guess the only “art” that is commissioned anymore is the one that promises the majestic paean to large penises…Architecture. Who has commissioned the modern Sistine Chapel?  Who has supported our […]

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Why Do We Honor Erasure?

Why Do We Honor Erasure?

As the days advance and we continue down the same path using the tried and true manipulations of espousing freedom, liberty and choice I have come to despair. I can do nothing.  The world of the human has always been bought and sold. What is left to me is to decide in what way I […]

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Explanation and Example: Capitalist Nationalism

**Reformist consciousness was famously described by Gramsci as “dual” or “contradictory”; on the one hand accepting the permanence of the […]

Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]