April in February continues, though today is cooler (with blustery winds blowing) than it has been in several days. Nevertheless, it is a positively lovely day, and I’m sitting here listening to Haydn’s The Seasons oratorio, preparing to teach Henry Timrod’s long, complex poem “The Cotton Boll” in a couple of hours, and generally thinking about all of the good work there is to do today.
- How gardening teaches us to pray.
- The “anti-library;” in praise of owning books you may never read.
- While there’s a bit too much Silicon Valley-esque “lifehacking” and techno-utopianism here, the key idea is, I think, nevertheless a solid one: how to read 200 books this year.
- The mendicant friars and the questions of ownership.
- Sir Roger contra John Dewey: against the banality of “relevance” in education.
- An essay on building a library of the good, the true, and the beautiful for children.
I hesitate to call this something truly “beautiful,” as I know I am not a very talented photographer, and this shot is, in obvious ways, quite pedestrian, but I was quite taken by this tableau as I was walking through campus the other day: