Running Boston Now

Well worth reading: writer and runner Haruki Murakami’s short reflections on the Boston marathon—the marathon itself, and what it means to runners—in the New Yorker: Emotional scars may be similar. In a sense, the real pain begins only after some time has passed, after you’ve overcome the initial shock and things have begun to settle. Only [Read More...]

The Hard, Holy Work of Paying Attention

One of my favorite poets is Luci Shaw, and one of my favorite writers/people (and alumnus of the MFA program I’m currently finishing at Seattle Pacific University) is my friend Allison Backous Troy, who recently wrote about Luci’s work for the Good Letters blog. Luci’s poetry has taught me this: paying attention is hard, holy [Read More...]

Listen to Alexander Graham Bell

Well, this is just flat-out cool: you can now listen to the actual voice of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. [Read more...]

Liking Things (Un)Ironically

This semester, I’ve been teaching a class on postmodern theory and culture to my undergraduates, and so we spend a lot of time talking about irony and whether we ought to engage in it quite as much as we do. So it was with interest that I read Russ Ramsey’s piece on “the beautiful flaw in [Read More...]


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