Beginner’s Mind

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

Summer Reading

The Sum­mer Read­ing List cur­rent­ly con­tains:

  1. High Fideli­ty — Nick Horn­by
  2. Ulysses — James Joyce
  3. The Hawk­line Mon­ster — Richard Brauti­gan
  4. The Wasp Fac­to­ry — Iain Banks
  5. His Dark Mate­ri­als Tril­o­gy — Philip Pull­man
  6. Gravity’s Rain­bow — Thomas Pyn­chon
  7. The Cor­rec­tions — Jonathan Franzen
  8. 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.

Just Say No to Porno

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