July 19, 2012 5:04am

Back from fishing, will be posting again soon. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

July 15, 2012 7:40pm

A flower in the plaza of the hotel I just checked out of in Houston. Next stop: the Rio Grande Valley. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

An Important New Blog: The Recovering Scientist

Greetings from the Republic of Texas!In my recent talk on Augustine and Monica, I may have given the wrong impression: that modern science cannot be engaged with seriously and faithfully. This is NOT my position. The point requires nuance and balance. This new blog promises to possess that and more.About the author: a student and friend of mine, and recent graduate of Wabash College, has been studying the philosophy of science in his ongoing, personal quest to grow in understanding of his … [Read more...]

Vocational Bribery, Academic Blackmail

A former colleague of mine recently sent an e-mail lamenting his lack of summertime productivity and passed along an article that might help others in similar predicaments. The article — from Inside Higher Ed — is one of those dime-a-dozen, pathetic self-help columns with enumerated tips on how to be more “productive,” so on and so forth. The e-mail and article were both addressing the sad fact that many mid-career academics find it hard to work without external incentive. In other words, after g … [Read more...]

July 12, 2012 4:28am

I’ll get as much energy as a hippo that runs through the night! I’m having more fun than turtles on Tuesday! Tomas Rocha, age 5, at Bunker Beach in Blaine, Minnesota. … [Read more...]

July 11, 2012, 5:53pm

A short, brilliant piece of advise from NPR’s Ira Glass for people — especially young people — doing creative work. The message is simple: keep working hard; do lots and lots of work; it will help you get to a place where you can reach your creative ambitions. The longer version — Ira Glass on the Art of Storytelling — can be found at Open Culture. … [Read more...]

July 11, 2012 4:41pm

Here is recording of the guest lecture I gave yesterday at the Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake, MN: “Sts. Augustine and Monica, the Head and the Heart.” The talk follows the annotated outline below:I This talk will introduce St. Augustine’s Confessions by making a somewhat bold claim: St. Monica is the sine qua non of the book, the character without which there is nothing at all. This claim asks us to imagine Augustine confessing to Monica, a story of a son confessing to his mother. Frami … [Read more...]


Things have been quiet here with lots of good stuff going on here locally. Yesterday I played with Sonar for the Diocese of Crookston’s leadership camp and today I’ll be delivering a guest lecture on Augustine’s confessions at the Catholic Church of Saint Paul. I hope to have it recorded and should post it here this week. Then, I’ll be headed down to the Republic of Texas for a week.  Every time I’ve predicted a quiet website, I seem to contradict myself. Hopefully t … [Read more...]

July 6, 2012 6:32pm

In my latest contribution to Contending Modernities — a blog based at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies — I continue thinking about science and the end of the world, through the lens of 90’s pop-culture: Aliens and the longings of late modernity: reflections on “Independence Day” … [Read more...]

July 6, 2012 6:33am

I am a book lover. I love books. Yesterday, I bought three books at Goodwill and received two more in the mail. Here is a short (less than half an hour), striking, timely, and, for reasons and sentiments I cannot quite find words for, moving documentary about books and their future: Epilogue: The Future of Print. Most of all, it is about the book as art. (And no, the perhaps ironic convergence of analog and digital worlds in this post doesn’t bother me in the least.)Speaking of books: I’m finis … [Read more...]