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Tenure Perches in the Soul

I. “Hope” is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune–without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I’ve heard it in the chillest land, And […]

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“It contains us.” Setting Poetry’s Course in Tranströmer

[This piece began as an email between its author and Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik but grew deeper out of a discussion with Errant contributor Eric Sargent.  I have stolen freely from Mr. Sargent.  That's what he gets for not writing it himself.] Tomas Tranströmer’s “After a Death” seems a poem written to universalize a […]

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Homo Moronus: Institutionalizing Ignorance One Voucher at a Time

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Michael Dirda, book reviewer extraordinaire, opens his essay review on Jenny Uglow’s “The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World” this way: “In the time of the Lunar men science and art were not separated: you could be an inventor and designer, an experimenter and a poet, a dreamer and an entrepreneur all […]

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Clubbing with Consonant Prejudice

Goosey Goosey Gander, whither shall I wander? Upstairs and downstairs and in my Lady’s chamber. There I met an old […]

Audio: Walden “Economy” B

Audio: Walden “Economy” B

I’m not sure how to label these so I’ll just use the alphabet to keep them in order. This recording […]

Against the Real Creationists

I just finished reading “The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains?” by Richard Lewontin in the New York Review of Books. […]

12 Minutes of Walden

12 Minutes of Walden

To begin reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau. (Apologies for my Latin.) AUDIO FILE: Walden-Economy-A ECONOMY WHEN I WROTE the […]

Neither Men Nor Toadstools

AUDIO: Neither Men Nor Toadstools I’m inclined to think “teaching” and “instruction” in institutional contexts are only misguided industrial practice. The […]

To Act, or Not to Act

The final section (XII) of Harold Goddard’s essay on Coriolanus found in his brilliant book The Meaning of Shakespeare screws a […]