Road Not Taken

I’m reluctantly giving up the notion of composing a short valediction to be rapped, rather than orated:   I’m not spitting rhymes just to show my hipness I’m here to valedict you — can I get a witness? And so on….   Plus, working on my lectionary essaylets.

Tell Me Why

I noticed the no-longer-new Indigo Girls CD this morning when I was buying Margaret her New York Times at Whole Foods, and I figured I might buy the album from Amazon this afternoon. When I went to the “buy this album” button, Amazon insisted that I download their special downloading utility despite the fact that…

Mennonite Friends

Trevor is taking to the social networks on behalf of his friend Tim, who patches together a living from a variety of sources, one if which is blogging for The Mennonite. The Mennonite decided to lay him off to save some money; Tim has turned it around, by seeking instead to raise ad revenue for…

Status Stromateis

I expect to finish a job application today (I did most of it yesterday), a rather intricate online application with terms that seem to have originated from the Legal department rather than the Intelligible Discourse department. When I’m applying for a handful of jobs in the fall (prime time for academic job hunting), popping an…

Plus Ça Change

There is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on mankind in civilised and free countries than the necessity of listening to sermons. No one but a preaching clergyman has, in these realms, the power of compelling audiences to sit silent, and be tormented. No one but a preaching clergyman can revel in platitudes, truisms,…

Faster Horses!

It’s all coming down the road — if only some school or some foundation wanted to get there first, with the most impact and the benefit of seeing how the pieces fit together! Yesterday’s pointer to the Eagleton lectures begins to hint at the value of distributing video (with the classy “Yale” imprint in the…

Everyone’s Just Wild About Terry

Beginning with Stanley. If I made a list of the people who have enthused about Terry Eagleton’s pushback against “Ditchkins,” the roster would include such an array of odd bedfellows as would amply populate a madcap smash hit Broadway musical about ivy-draped campus life.   I haven’t read the book, I’ve just watched the movies…

Phase of the Moon?

Perhaps the academic year, with the distraction attendant on its various obligations, helpfully kept our minds off what-all will happen over the next few months. The greater leisure of the last couple of days, however, has brought a wave of stress and anxiety as we look ahead to graduation, wedding, packing, relocating, finding a new…

Well, That’s Over

I turned in my grades this afternoon; although I haven’t returned everyone’s papers, I’m pretty much done with my contractual responsibilities at Duke. I want to thank all the people who made this possible, etc.   I really have had a great time here; I’ll miss Durham and Duke a lot. I recommend Duke highly…