“Cheer Up!” And Other Obnoxious Advice

Tenth grade was bad enough without adding forced cheerfulness. She arrived when I was in tenth grade and was very, very smart, virtuous, and lovely. I sent her a note, because that was what I did in tenth grade when overwhelmed by holiness or hormones. She turned me down for some very good reasons: I [Read More...]

Adam, Where are you?

One advantage of aging is knowing good music that the trendy have forgotten, while the joy of this age is the iTunes store and Spotify preserving it for you. His name was Don Francisco and his music is a folk without a touch of over instrumentation, autotune, or irony. His voice is clean, if imperfect, [Read More...]

In Which I Live Blog a Marathon Weekend Reading of Plato’s Republic

What would happen if a group of HBU students, faculty, and staff joined together to read Plato’s Republic? What will we see? What will we learn? Our host is not Cephalus, but Professor Al Geier of the University of Rochester: a master of the dialectic and a father in the logos. We began with ten [Read More...]

My son, My son: on the death of a child.

The Warren family lost a son. I wish there was something I could do to comfort this family, but cannot form any helpful words. Should I reach out? I wonder if it is appropriate for me to write publicly about their private pain, until I see that this pain has become public. They have no [Read More...]

On Being Sad: the Death of Lucas Arts

They are gone and we will miss them and their place no one can fill. Many the Christmas they entertained our family and now they have been killed. The Disney Corporation having purchased the Lucas Empire has now killed LucasArts, the game company, as surely as Cars II killed Pixar’s unbroken string of innovative films. This is [Read More...]