A Student of Hanging Students

“Suppose a man–a civilian and student of hanging–should elude the picket post and perhaps get the better of the sentinel,” said Farquhar, smiling, “what could he accomplish?” Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge IV. AS what we’ve got here is a marvelously complex and brilliant failure to communicate, let’s get on the same page with an exercise: plumb the depths of the quote above, descending via any […]

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A Syllabus Late and Soon

Our Literature as Our Learning   or,   American Literature/American Learning Redeemed:   A syllabus.   First, a proposition, related to the retitling of the course, whereby:   We—whosoever that entails—agree that a course that has been slashed in half promotes a sense of violent distinction, and that such a course should be reconstituted (&, consequently, renamed) to promote the […]

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Parent-Teacher Conference

Perhaps there is a reason why Plato suggested the State might be better served if parents were severed from their children at birth. This week’s readings highlight the difficulty–or impossibility–of marrying genetic & general responsibilities within an educational institution or program. From the founding Harvard documents, in which the authority of the tutor and the “call of parents or guardians” are conflated and confused, through […]

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