Tag: Galileo

January 18, 2016  |  No Comments

When William Faulkner arrived in Stockholm to receive his Nobel prize for literature he supposedly declared his occupation as “farmer.” (Inge p. 122) Which raises a question—what kind of farmer describes a road “heavy with sixty days of dust, the roadside undergrowth coated with heat-vulcanised dust … [standing] at perpendicular’s absolute in some old dead … Read More

November 18, 2010  |  No Comments

Hobbes reminds me, in a good way, of the ape who learned to act like a human being in Kafka’s hilarious short story, “A Report to an Academy.”  The Kafka story begins:

Honored members of the Academy!  You have done me the honor of inviting me to give your Academy an account of the life I … Read More

October 28, 2009  |  No Comments

Who could dislike a book on math with a chapter inside it called “High School Geometry: Instrument of the Devil”?

This is a radical and subversive work in the best sense; it’s brilliantly and comically irreverent toward that which is inane. What this particular author finds so inane is the standard K-12 math curriculum, and … Read More