Syllabus: Autumn 101

  Happy Fall, Y’all! I’m introducing a new category for the blog I’ve been really excited about... I have a harmless but kind of odd habit: I collect syllabi. And textbooks. And worksheets. And library cards. And teacher clip art. I know, I know. It makes me happy, and that’s good enough for me! With…

Current Reads

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. I'll never forget the time I was on an AOL message board about books and literature back in Ye Olde Days of the internet, circa 1998. I made the horrifying gaffe of putting it on my list of favorite books. The sarcastic, condescending swipes and jabs started filling my in-box…

Side Tables

For many months now, I've been hearing the word aesthetic frequently thrown around by my teenage daughter and her friends, with the casual-yet-kind-of-forced insouciance that teens have perfected for decades. It's not a word I've ever really used - it vaguely brought to mind (so-called) serious people like Art Critics and Philosophers. "Oh yeah, that video is soooo…