Five Minds for the Future

Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner (2008) For years I’ve used Howard Gardner’s seminal essay, “Multiple Intelligences,” in my freshman composition courses. It’s a fine example of the comparison-contrast mode of expository writing using a point-by-point structure; moreover,… Read More ›

Understanding Media

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man Critical Edition by Marshall McLuhan (1964) Edited by W. Terrence Gordon (2003) In this, the book that catapulted him to the world stage of philosophic frontiers, McLuhan looks to the likes of W.B. Yeats,… Read More ›

The Gutenberg Galaxy

The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man by Marshall McLuhan (1962) From Shakespeare’s Lear to Joyce’s Finnegans, Marshall McLuhan shows how the printing press moved Western man from the hot, hyperesthetic world of the ear to the cool, neutral… Read More ›

Zen Physics

Zen Physics: The Science of Death, the Logic of Reincarnation by David Darling (1996) I’m a dualist — can’t help it, always have been — no matter how eloquently Hofstadter tells me that I am a strange loop. And I… Read More ›

Pathways to Bliss

Pathways to Bliss Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell (2004)   Well known for admonishing his students to “follow your bliss,” Joseph Campbell spent a lifetime following his. A few quotes from David Kudler’s posthumous collection of Campbell’s later… Read More ›

Myths to Live By

Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell (1972) In this collection of essays, taken from lectures delivered in the Great Hall of The Cooper Union Forum, New York City, 1958-1971, Campbell writes of the issues in mythology most central to… Read More ›

The Quiet Center

The Quiet Center by John C. Lilly, M.D. & Philip Hansen Bailey Lilly (2003) Having spent a few hours in isolation tanks back in the ’80s, I felt it was finally time to look into their chief promoter, John Lilly…. Read More ›