If books are brilliant because they are full of wonder, consider how wonderful the bookshelf is. More than a tool—akin to how the book is more than a technology—the bookshelf organises reading, knowledge, and knowledge-making. It’s physically solid and has a comforting fixity. It’s movable, expandable, and contractable. It can be multiplied, encased, left to float on walls, become a room, be the base building block of a building. And still, a single shelf can be a library in its own right; and any horizontal surface can be a shelf, provided that it holds books.(more…)
From 2020: time for the annual pilgrimage …
(not to be confused with the homonymous Canadian politician, Canadian fundamentalist Baptist evangelist, Canadian swimmer, assorted other sportsmen, etc.)
It is time for the annual pilgrimage.
As is traditional, this post is a “sticky” one for a whole academic term, all the way to its end and the end of the calendar year. It contains various kinds of “stickiness” played out in four Acts:
I. revisiting 2017
II. 2018 and III. Campbellian education in action
IV. 2019 and learning outcomes.
Like previous pilgrimages, this year’s one adds more Stations to its rambling Way of Sorrows.
2020: “IT’S LIKE PUNK NEVER HAPPENED”
This year’s contextual frame: online teaching in pandemic times. (more…)
Thanks to living in, and with, COVID-19 times I’ve made two new things. The first came to be out of spending more time than usual wandering in our local woods and taking photos there. The second started as a collection of amusing pictures collected online. (more…)