Monthly Archives: July 2010

Listening for differences

I once complained to a guitarist friend that many of the old-time bluegrass songs his band plays sound alike to me. He put me in my place by replying, “That’s because you don’t know the music well enough to hear … Continue reading

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Unjournaling

This is a book of 200 writing exercises that the authors say are for both kids and adults—but its slightly goofy look and tone seems to aim more at kids. Nonetheless I was drawn by its title:  Unjournaling: Daily writing … Continue reading

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Individual values and institutional assessment

File this one under catching up. For several years, friends and colleagues have been encouraging me to read Bob Broad’s What We Really Value (2003) and I’ve finally had the chance to do so. I can see why they like … Continue reading

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Remix

Just quickly read David Shield’s Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. Quickly—because the book strikes me as an over-long and tedious elaboration of Jonthan Lethem’s brilliant essay on “The Ecstasy of Influence.” Shields uses the same method as Lethem: Most of his … Continue reading

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