Here are some books not named The Canterbury Tales that I read this summer. 1. Light In August, William Faulkner I spent about three weeks on Faulkner’s Light In August. It is a substantial book that deserves one’s undivided attention, and I was fortunate enough to have some time to devote to it. All Faulkner novels are unsettling, but Light […]
Friends, it’s hard to believe, but I have less than a week left in my summer at Yale. I finished my final project today and have only a few more tales to read before I get to the end of The Canterbury Tales. It’s not quite time to leave yet, but it’s getting there. Real […]
The reason I am attending this seminar, of course, is to learn how to teach The Canterbury Tales to my students back home. Having said that, I have been working on my final project, which is a compilation of creative assignments for my students. Above is a glog, which I completed at glogster.com.
Thomas Aquinas–the man who made it okay to think again. What made Thomas Aquinas one of the most important thinkers in Western history? Well, to understand that, you have to understand why the Middle Ages have often been known as “The Dark Ages,” or, as one historian put it, “A thousand years without a bath.” […]
When a friend offers to let you stay in her Brooklyn apartment for the weekend, you say “Yes.” I had made plans to travel to New York this weekend to see a painting (more on that later), and my friend Audrey, whose generosity is legendary, asked if I would like to stay in her apartment […]
My favorite place to eat here in Connecticut is an unassuming seafood place called, simply enough, The Place. The Place is an outdoor restaurant in Guilford, Connecticut, that is open from April to October. You sit on tree stumps around round tables, and all the cooking is done on a large, wood-burning grill. I could […]
I have been putting it off, but it is now time for me to dedicate a blog post to the incredible amount of construction that has been surrounding me since I arrived in New Haven some four weeks ago. Most of the construction going on around us is done by the city of New Haven. […]
I have rediscovered my old hobby of turning my photographs into postcards. If you want one, email me your address to firstname.lastname@example.org. I don’t even have to know who you are. Doesn’t matter.
Do you ever wish life came with an instruction manual? It does. Benedict wrote it. Benedict was born in Nursia, Italy, around 480. He was born in the years following the collapse of the Roman Empire, and the world he entered was one of confusion and chaos. Many people were turning away from society and […]