1 ¿La ola no tiene forma? En un instante se esculpe y en otro se desmorona en la que emerge, redonda. Su movimiento es su forma. 2 Las olas se retiran –ancas, espaldas, nucas– pero vuelven las olas –pechos, bocas, espumas–. 3 Muere de sed el mar. Se retuerce, sin nadie, en su lecho de … More Octavio Paz, or Iemanja
…that I heard over the weekend. For your consideration: 1. “Student centered classrooms” and “task based learning” have been invented to cover and compensate for having teachers trained in classroom management but not knowledgeable about the subject matter. 2. “Communicative” and “proficiency” oriented language teaching is part of vocational education, not part of a liberal … More Controversial Monday Ideas
I remember clearly when Bending the Bow came out and we read: My mother would be a falconress, And I, her gay falcon treading her wrist, would fly to bring back from the blue of the sky to her, bleeding, a prize, where I dream in my little hood with many bells jangling when I’d … More Reading for Pleasure Wednesday: Robert Duncan
AZURE Gracias, violines, por este día de cuatro cuerdas. Puro es el sonido del cielo, la voz azul del aire. –Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1904-1973), El mar y las campanas. I would post a photograph of Isla Negra but I lack time. Axé.
Yo sé un himno gigante y extraño que anuncia en la noche del alma una aurora, y estas páginas son de ese himno cadencias que el aire dilata en las sombras. Yo quisiera escribirle, del hombre domando el rebelde, mezquino idioma, con palabras que fuesen a un tiempo suspiros y risas, colores y notas. Pero … More Rima I
Lighting, in nature and in the home, is very important. A change in light makes a enormous differences in everything. Some people like white light but I prefer golden light. Axé.
It is October 15, the traditional opening day of the job search season. I have a few suggestions for people going on campus visits — suggestions others may not have covered yet. 1. Good facilities are rare. Take note of the schools that have these. 2. Think of yourself as a colleague, not as an … More That Job Market: Suggestions for Interviewees
Any time is a good time to read Mercè Rodoreda. The Nation‘s review article on her is worth reading, too. I have never really studied Rodoreda’s life and I have not read all of her books. Having read the review, however, I am re-fascinated. At one point the writer says: It’s curious that Rodoreda is … More Reading for Pleasure Wednesday: Mercè Rodoreda