June 21, 2012 10:22pm

I do think I have an ability to record sensual and emotional facts and factoids, to construct a convincing surface of what life feels like, both physical life and emotional life. But I also wanted to do something that I call understanding what life feels like, and I don’t believe I did. I also don’t know what it would be to do that, but if I read Virginia Woolf or George Eliot describing emotional facts of people, it seems there’s a fragrance of understanding you come away with—this smell in your … [Read more...]

June 21, 2012 7:10pm

My Twin Cities workspace, featuring: mini Mac, Sonny Rollins (East Broadway Run Down), The Fugees (The Score), The Roots (How I Got Over), Walgreen’s “Sudafed,” Catechism of the Catholic Church, Augustine’s Confessions, Husserl’s Ideas, Paris Review, Moleskine, diary (made by Daro Pohl), Parker fountain pen, coffee, and a working draft of my new, forthcoming book “Liturgy as Mystagogy.” (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Dear Dean Sidorkin, Sign me up for the revolution

Alexander Sidorkin is a decorated philosopher of education — and Dean of the Feinstein School of Education, Rhode Island College — who, like me, takes an ontological approach to his work. He is also a fantastic and serious doodler. His new, open access journal — Syllabi — publishes peer-reviewed syllabi. (The Chronicle of Higher Education has also published a story about it.) In the first issue, his editorial introduction offers a sensible rationale and impassioned call … [Read more...]

June 20, 2012 7:22pm

a new way of looking at things is necessary… Edmund Husserl, from the Introduction to Ideas. … [Read more...]

June 20, 2012 7:07am

Here’s a just-over-nine-minute rendition of Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” that my brother in law, Shawn Kolles, and I recorded at last night’s rehearsal for this upcoming Sunday’s performance at Gather4Good, sponsored by Catholic United Financial, at Cedar Lake Farm, in New Prague, MN. It’s a great, service-oriented — and 100% FREE! — event; if you’re in the area come on out between 11 am and 3 pm. You can preregister for it here.REMINDER: This whole week you can listen and downlo … [Read more...]

June 20, 2012 5:11am

Mexicansoulmusique Machinery (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

June 19, 2012 9:43pm

Bernard Lonergan, from “Understanding and Being” (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

June 19, 2012 4:11am

Went shopping today. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

June 18, 2012 9:53pm

Homeschooling is usually associated with school-choice and privatization that come from the Right. Sadly, this is a caricature. Unschooling and deschooling are related to homeschooling in many ways, but, unlike homeschooling, they have more obvious history and bandwidth than the narrow Right. Here is an interesting, introductory lecture by Astra Taylor — a through and through Leftist — on her experience being unschooled. The conversation that follows the lectures is also very interesting.The … [Read more...]

On Not Missing Facebook

When deleted my Facebook account, I felt some trepidation. I was excited to get rid of it, but that’s not the whole story: I also worried about my unplanned course of action, I was concerned that it was too reactionary. I worried about a lot of things, really. And I lost some people too. After filling my address book and Gmail contacts, I saw that there were some people who, for whatever reason, I now do not have the ability to easily contact. What is striking about my feelings about … [Read more...]


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