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True Ancestor (10)

The Old Man and the Academy

Friday, 1/10/2014, at 11:37 AM
When searching for a way to procrastinate, I often read, which is absurd, because my procrastination is supposed to help me avoid reading. I'm preparing for my comprehensive exams, and for a Hebrew reading exam to boot. I've got a...

The changing nature of knowledge

Friday, 9/7/2012, at 11:29 AM
Each day, I carry a briefcase full of books to my office. Some days, the books never make it out of the briefcase. I arrive with the best of intentions and with fervent ambition. Somehow, though, time runs through me,...

In which I organize a lecture, or: mystical businessman meets intellectual bureaucracy

Friday, 5/20/2011, at 10:39 AM
This past week I organized my first event at the university. It was my first true encounter with the mighty bureaucracy that stands behind the academy. All I wanted to do was found a club for older students at the...

Solo flight

Friday, 1/21/2011, at 9:09 AM
Gabe is off on his first solo trip -- a weekend jaunt to New York to visit his cousin Maya. He's a product of his era, and his North Shore shtetl, in some ways: he's been to London, Paris, and...

The Wikileaks Hangover

Tuesday, 12/14/2010, at 4:38 PM
One of the perplexing truths of human history is that even the most noble aspirations get turned to the most devious ends. Nothing endowed with a will of its own, or placed in the hands of a being possessed of...

The Death of Experience

Sunday, 12/5/2010, at 12:50 PM
As I struggle to organize and synthesize thoughts for a slew of papers -- stopping frequently to gaze out the window at winter's first brushstrokes on the backyard canvass, or play a game of online pool to which I'm hopelessly...

Brother Jacques

Tuesday, 11/23/2010, at 6:11 PM
Jacques and Annie talk to a class of high school students in Eugene, Oregon, 2000. My cell phone rang Friday night as the One True Wife and I were going to bed. As is my custom on Friday night, I...

Student-Speak Lexicon, Vol. 1

Thursday, 11/18/2010, at 12:20 PM
I'm trying to build my lexicon of contemporary student-speak. I really feel this should be an open-source work, so feel free to chime in. As you can see, it's still pretty thin (because I never talk to anybody), so please...

"Be more stupid and you will feel better."

Thursday, 11/11/2010, at 4:08 PM
Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza, 1632-1677 Paul Mendes-Flohr is providing a fascinating look at Jweish memory and Jewish history in his class on the topic. The reading begins (chronologically) with Spinoza, often referred to as "the first modern Jew," and continues through...

My desk

Sunday, 11/7/2010, at 10:55 PM
is covered with books, papers, index cards. Texts in Hebrew and English lay in loose embrace; a stapler stands guard, squaring off against a calculator. A picture of my family stands on binder-clipped tip-toes. My old meditation bowl/bell sits at...