Moving and Summer Schedule

We head North on Friday. Everything thusfar has gone smoothly and pleasantly and we are very close to signing a lease for what seems to be a very nice condo in Grand Forks. All in all, this is a transition that feels just right. I will surely miss some people here — first and foremost my students (you know who you are) — but they know as well as I do that Wabash is no longer a proper home for me or my work. I often go back and forth in my head about writing a cathartic series on my … [Read more...]

June 8, 2012 6:05am

Here’s a photo of all but two of the wonderful people playing and singing in Sister Stella’s original African-fusion debut album, Harambee. (In this pic we’re practicing “harambee” — which means “all pull together” in Swahili — poses for the album cover.) I’m mostly playing drums, but I’m also singing and playing djembe and bass on a few tracks, too. Tomorrow is our final rehearsal and we record on Corpus Christi Sunday . … [Read more...]

A Confessional Blog Post About (Not) Giving a Shit

Here’s my second post at Formative Justice, titled “Teachers and Students Who (Don’t) Give a Shit”. There are also some very wild, beautiful, free-form writings and sounds shared at my previous post by the illustrious “Professor Iguana” (aka Eduardo Duarte), the host of the hopefully-soon-to-be radio show, Musings. … [Read more...]

A Fully Illustrated Book is on the Horizon

Ana Maria Rocha, my youngest sister by thirteen years, is a talented young artist who has taken on an impressive and challenging first commissioned project: illustrating a philosophical book, my philosophical book. This past Christmas break, I decided to write “A Primer in Philosophy,” an introductory essay for students in my philosophy courses. Since then, the essay has ballooned into a short manuscript and, with lots of help from a select group of friends at Wabash, the new … [Read more...]

June 6, 2012 9:52am

I just got my copy of The Liquid Crystal Project, Part 3. If you saw the YouTube video posted a few days ago, with saxophonist Eddie Bayard, you will recall him saying that this was one of four of his favorites sessions. (Another one of them was my EP.) This group was put together by the hip-hop artist J Rawls, with friends Eddie Bayard and the amazing B Jazz and other regulars and guests. This is the band to hear what some people are calling “jazzhop.” (You can also check out The Jazzhop Mov … [Read more...]

New Blog(s) and First Post

Since leaving Vox Nova, I’ve picked up two newer blogs I will be contributing to regularly: 1. Contending Modernities doesn’t keep a group of regular contributors, but I plan on sending them an essay every month. My first post there was titled “Beneath the Healthcare Wars: difficult questions of living and dying”. 2. I’m a regular contributor to Formative Justice, a blog dedicated to questions and ideas of education and culture. My first entry — posted today … [Read more...]

Fantastic article on abortion

Abortion is a divisive topic that has deteriorated into convenient and oversimplified conversations on the two sides of the debate. This brilliant analysis by Jon A. Shield, titled “Abortion and the Limits of Philosophy,” is the best I’ve read in a very long time. It may be the best essay on the subject I’ve seen online. Please read it. … [Read more...]

Against Spelling Bees

I hate spelling bees. More specifically: I hate Anglophone spelling bees, spelling bees in English. Spelling bees contribute to the backward, Jeopardy-esque idea that being a person made in the image of Google or Wikipedia, stuffed with trivial factoids, amounts to being intelligent. This is a lie: it absolutely does not follow that memorizing names and dates, encyclopedias and dictionaries, creates an intelligent or wise person. Google and Wikipedia are not smart, of course, even thought they … [Read more...]

Jun 2, 2012 8:23am

Newly acquired French press and coffee grinder, from Greyhouse Coffeeshop in Lafayette, IN. … [Read more...]

What a Wonderful, Busy Day!

Yesterday was wonderful, packed day. A day worth sharing: I played drums at the Wabash Fine Arts Center with friend and local bassist (and religion scholar), Paul Myre. While playing, Sister Stella (the leader of the Wamidan African ensemble) stopped by, listened, and asked if I would consider playing on her upcoming album. I instantly agreed and ended up rehearsing the entire afternoon with her group. The African groove of her music fits right into the style I’ve been working on, so … [Read more...]