The inexperienced teacher, fearing his own ignorance, is afraid to admit it. Perhaps that courage only comes when one knows to what extent ignorance is almost universal. Attempts to camouflage it are simply a waste, in the long run, of time.
If the teacher is slow of wit, he may well be terrified by students whose minds move more quickly than his own, but he would be better advised to use the lively pupil for scout work, to exploit the quicker eye or subtler ear as look-out or listening post.
There is no man who knows so much about, let us say, a passage between lines 100 to 200 of the sixth book of the Odyssey that he can’t learn something by re-reading it WITH his students, not merely TO his students. If he knows Guido’s Donna Mi Prega as well as I now know it, meaning microscopically, he can still get new light by some cross-reference, by some relation between the thing he has examined and re-examined, and some other fine work, similar or dissimilar.
I believe the ideal teacher would approach any masterpiece that he was presenting to his class almost as if he had never seen it before.
Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading
The Summer Reading List currently contains:
- High Fidelity — Nick Hornby
- Ulysses — James Joyce
- The Hawkline Monster — Richard Brautigan
- The Wasp Factory — Iain Banks
- His Dark Materials Trilogy — Philip Pullman
- Gravity’s Rainbow — Thomas Pynchon
- The Corrections — Jonathan Franzen
- Something by Kafka
I’m always taking suggestions as well, especially poetry.
Tomorrow I get my St. Joe County Library Card.
- I’ve played The Two Towers video game. B+ (the levels are too short).
- This post by Mr. Oblivio is great.
- My Uncle Corbin is here for the ND v. Seton Hall game and will be feeding me shortly.
- She called my house last night but I was already up here. I suck.
- This semester I will be reading these books:
- Charles Williams’ Descent into Hell;
- C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, The Great Divorce, The Silver Chair, and Perelandra;
- Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre;
- Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing;
- Sam Beckett’s Murphy;
- Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea;
- Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted;
- Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar;
- G.K. Chesterton’s The Napolean of Notting Hill;
- Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye;
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and the Tolkien Reader;
- Richard Stam’s Film Theory: An Introduction; and
- Braudy & Cohen’s Film Theory and Criticism.
- Those are the ones I know about. I also have a large selection of poetry and more Tolkien to nosh on.
5.5.02 INT. KEOUGH HALL RM. 435. 10:19am DAY
a few more days and i will never have to put up with my roommate and his apelike behavior ever again! just say no to porno. in other news happy cinco de mayo! i have completed (pretty much) 3⁄5 of my finals and am studying for the 4th today. i wonder if i can take the 5th one early and get out of here sooner than thursday… i am mostly packed. i realized i need a summer reading list though. i have a list of a few books but they will most likely only hold my attention for a week at most. FEED ME PEOPLE. what should i read this summer while sitting behind a desk at mcglinn hall answering inane questions?
preparation as the key to success is bunk. preparation is the key to not being stressed out when it comes time to do the work that leads to success. preparation is the key to laziness. by preparing all of my work this semester and keeping organized, now that finals has rolled around, i have nothing to do. it is wonderful. so if you just organize yourself and get the work done early, your lazy time will be much less anxious. procrastination is nice but you still have the anxiety about doing the work. so just get it done and be lazy in peace. laziness=procrastination-anxiety.
today i am fermenting