Beginner’s Mind

Monday, 31 May 2010

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

Friday, 23 May 2003

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.


Sunday, 12 January 2003


  • 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

Sunday, 5 May 2002

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) 35 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