But Not Yet

St. Augustine and Refusal of the Call St. Augustine was born Aurelius Augustinus in Algeria, in the north of Africa, in the year of our Lord three hundred and fifty-four.  His understanding of the world, our relationship with God, and… Read More ›

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 ›

I Am a Strange Loop

I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter (2007) Continuing our lifelong conversation with Hofstadter’s brain, we learn how the professor proved the statement made by Achilles in “A Conversation with Einstein’s Brain,” i.e., The very attempt to learn about… Read More ›

Discussions at a Textbook Fair

Entering the community room at the college where you work is somewhat disconcerting.  The haunting “Promenade” theme from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition keeps playing through your head; it must have been on the radio driving up here.  You’re right… Read More ›