Learning to Love a Book: What I Learned from the Loathsome Moby Dick (1/3)

Moby Dick is one of the best books for just this moment in American history. Herman Melville makes mistakes about race, while trying to fight racism. He faces a broken political establishment and what seems to be a morally bankrupt set of Christians. The times were hostile to manual workers and republican virtues. The book anticipates [Read More…]

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Challenges, not Suffering

Teach bright students, get great questions. Teach bright students and eventually they become peers and ask even better questions. Recently one such clever person asked: Does suffering build character and if it does, what is an appropriate way to educate in light of that? This is a tricksy question and requires some important clarifications before we can [Read More…]

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Don’t Ask for a Refund: Not Even Attacked

During the horrible circus fire of 1944, when many children were burned alive, this happened: Another officer had had a long day. He’d started before noon, doing traffic on Barbour for the big crowd coming in. Now he drew duty at the Brown School, becoming the officer in charge. Three adults approached him. “Where do [Read More…]

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The Band Played as the Fire Burned: The Great Big Top Fire and Being Human

167 people were burned alive at the circus and almost seven hundred were injured. Nothing tells us more about ourselves than how we react in a crisis. That moment always comes, if not dramatically, then at the hour of our death, when all that is left is what we have made ourselves to be. No [Read More…]

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Yesterday I Went to the Circus and Here is What I Learned

I am not a circus person. Fewer and fewer Americans are circus people, but I am in the last generation to think this odd. Any linguistic phrase containing “circus” no longer means much to my students. . . they have not been and so don’t get it. “It’s a regular circus.” used to mean “busy, [Read More…]

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