Tag Archives: Jesus

The Games People Play

I can’t really do this anymore. That is, trying to find ways to “convince” anyone about the hazards of what I might clumsily term “digital visual reception.”  But I will, I suppose, try to make as clear as I can my own concerns with the manner in which we “engage” in this “reception.” (And already […]

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The Jesus-Prop–The State at War and the Lie of Humanitarianism

You’ve read rant upon rant about the topics in the title of this post if you’ve stopped here for any length of time or visited now and then over the months. One runs down. But there are other voices, better, and stronger.  Melville’s, for one, who’s book, White Jacket, is, in the main, about the […]

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Against the Eye of Self

This is a huge topic in my own mind, and if you read this blog or the previous blog (Nemesis) this is no revelation (ah, damn, a visual term).  I think it is an enormous calamity: we are dominated by the visual sense.  Almost entirely excluding all other senses.  (Robert Harrison, in a recent podcast […]

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On Losing by Winning the Hunger Games

Read the book.  Our oldest child (12) said at the movie’s end, “That was not as good because they couldn’t show the things Katniss was thinking and most of the book is her thinking about things.” This is true.  There is plenty of action in the book but much of the import of the action […]

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And half again, Zeno?*

A post by a new contributor, Bobby V., in response to yesterday’s post, Well, What Would Jesus Do?. I remember long ago sitting in an educational administration class in graduate school and blurting out, “Aristotle won, didn’t he?” I don’t even remember what the class was about, but it was being taught by Sherry Vaughan […]

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Well, What Would Jesus Do?

As a reader and writer, talker and walker I “do” mostly with my mind with a little work for those reliably real metas, carpal and tarsal. Those actions largely comprise the me that comes to this space and pecks at keys; the me that makes pancakes for kids in the a.m.; the me that squats […]

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Hate and Death and Education: Or, D. H. Lawrence in Love

Some time ago I posted that men, on the whole, hate women.  I meant that.  I meant it in this way, from D. H. Lawrence who was a good hater, in Women in Love. But it seemed to him, woman was always so horrible and clutching, she had such a lust for possession, a greed […]

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Becoming is Revolutionary

This is too good for me not to lift right off of one blog and plunk it down here (“Steal this Blog Post!”)–this is from Paul Thomas cross-posting at DailyKos and Schools Matter, “Universal Public Education Is Dead: The Rise of State Schools.” More than thirty years, however, before Rich’s bold and accurate commentary on […]

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Saving the Appearances: Harry Who?

Okay, I’ve only read about 1/2 of the first Harry Potter book.  Started it with the kids and couldn’t get through it…just didn’t snag my interest.  Also, I snobbishly resisted (sure, I can admit this) reading books the entire world was standing in line to buy and that my dad and his sister were bonding […]

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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 […]

A Rule of Storytelling and Unhappiness

As my friend began reading William Morris’s News From Nowhere, or, An Epic of Rest, I thought I might take […]