Buncha Stuff, Weary

I was offline all day yesterday at the Advisory Board meeting for Affirming Anglican Catholicism. We’ve had some setbacks recently, so the meeting was itself sobering and tiring; I got up early to get to Manhattan, and the meeting took place in the sausage factory (which I find a spiritually wearying place). I don’t have…

Plainly Interpreting

There’s an argument over at Kendall’s place occasioned by an essay from Scott Carson concerning the [alleged] plain meaning of texts. I intervened once, but I think I’ll keep out hereafter; William Witt, who’s promoting the “plain meaning,” says that texts are inherently intelligible, that “inherent intelligibility is in the text” to be ignored or…

Lucky Day

My extremely capable daughter has been making a name for herself in a field that I didn’t even know was a field, namely, “poultry portraiture.” Her most recent foray into this enterprise came after we invited longtime friends John and Hilary over for dinner when we first got to Princeton, and they watched delightedly as…

What He Said, Sorta

Bob Carlton names a serious problem — though I’d argue that the problem isn’t “postmodern preaching” so much as “mediocre preaching.” Modernity itself conceived and gave birth to the meaning-impaired mode of preaching that Bob has had enough of; if someone preaches in the unconvicted manner that Bob finds appalling, it’s not Derrida’s or Foucault’s…

Morning After

“Oooh, and my ears are still ringing. . . .” I don’t think I’ve ever been to a concert where the crowd was so loud. I’ve never been to so smoke-free a concert. I hadn’t been to Madison Square Garden before — I imagined it to be much bigger, much more spacious. I think my…

Print, News, and Net

John sent me a message asking what I thought about Hal Crowther’s elegy to print journalism, presumably in light of my advocacy of digital media. Without taking the full time that Crowther’s bittersweet column deserves, I’d make a couple of points in response. First, Crowther correctly identifies the problem as to a great extent a…

Another Wesch!

Thanks to David, I just encountered yet another brilliant Michael Wesch visualization (someone’s going to string these together one of these days and make a captivating illustration of the techno-cultural moment) — this one illustrating David’s point that everything is miscellaneous.

Stepping Back

I think I’m going to step out and change from Moveable Type to Blogger. If I had the time and energy, I’d rather use WordPress and host the engine as well as the pages — but the lesson of my last few years running MT has been that if I don’t feel determined enough to…

Tell It, Zack

Zack Exley, on religious women in rural Missouri: Just imagine if you heard one day about an international community of women that’s been operating continuously and supporting itself for more than 170 years. Imagine that you heard that these women vow to serve others as their primary vocation for the rest of their lives, and…

Next Generation

From Bob Carlton, this follow-up video by Michael (“The Machine Is Us/ing Us”) Wesch; and from Stephen Downes, a slide presentation of “Web 2.0” using Web 2.0 tools. Change is happening, and it will overtake our institutions willy-nilly. I’m inclined to argue that by paying attention and getting involved, they’re more likely to experience that…