Leisure starts with a mindset | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 5

Ok, I’m a week late, but I still want to post on this chapter. It was the best chapter yet, and yet the connections that I knew were there were simply not sparking in my brain. I had no clue what to write. But, at the church women’s retreat I attended this weekend, I was able to take a little time alone (several little times, actually) and recharge my introvert self. :) Rereading the chapter in that setting, suddenly my … Read More

Man is not an economic being | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 4

I have mentioned before that I am weak in modern history. I am also weak on modern economic theory. I do my best to keep away from talk of “Marxism” and “Communism” and such primarily because I don’t have a firm enough grasp on the history and real meanings behind the words. Now here is a chapter where I really feel this to be a lack. I know I would be able to pull a lot more out of this … Read More

Leisure as a State of Soul | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 3

Chapter 3 is the pay-off chapter. I barely comprehended chapter 2, but chapter 3 was excellent and clarifying. In reading it, bits and pieces I’d picked up here and there were brought together and tied together with a beautiful bow. Even if you aren’t following along, chapter 3 is worth reading as a stand-alone essay. However, I must say that as I read more, I become more and more annoyed with the translator’s use of punctuation. Leisure as a state … Read More

Living a Liberal Life of Contemplation | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 2

Was some of this chapter still German? Are you sure this is in English? I was totally lost and had really no idea what half this chapter was talking about. I picked up this book last year and started, and after chapter 2 never picked it up again until now. And now I remember why. I’ll keep going now that I have group motivation, but only if he becomes more intelligible to me. It’s no fun slogging through a book … Read More

Leisure is the Goal of Labor | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 1

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The good of book groups is not only the accountability of actually reading, but also the accountability of actually thinking about what you’re reading. And so, I’m reading Leisure: The Basis Of Culture along with Cindy and friends. I already owned the book, having found it while browsing the shelves at Exodus Books last year with store credit on my account. And, the reason I picked it up is because I remembered Cindy mentioning it; so, if Cindy’s going to … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Being in Story – Simply Convivial

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My entry for the Poetic Knowledge book club: I’m working slowly (more because of lack of time spent reading than anything else) through The Bible and the Task of Teaching, and yesterday at breakfast I couldn’t decide if I should reskim the section of Poetic Knowledge or pick up Task of Teaching or start one of the three fiction books I have waiting. It was not a good morning for story-grip, so I picked up the book that would be … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering Chapter 5: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes. Next week we will be reading Chapter 6, part 1: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (pages 145-163). Summary My eyes went over the second half of the chapter, but I didn’t really take anything in. So I need to go back through the chapter. In this chapter, Taylor gives a couple … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Entry: Self-Discipline – Simply Convivial

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My entry for the Poetic Knowledge book club. Finally. I’ve not had a “brain in gear” week, unfortunately. Perhaps my post will prove that. I decided to limit myself to one thought to ensure I stay coherent. Plus, I want to leave myself enough time to make the rounds to everyone else’s posts. :) I was most stung by the quote Taylor included by the Headmaster of a school founded on the principles of poetic knowledge to his “head boys”: … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 6, part 1 – Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are discussing Chapter 6, part 1: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (pages 145-163). Next week we will finish the chapter. Summary The Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas in the 70s consisted of 200 freshman and sophomore students listening in on a 3-way, unrehearsed, real conversation between 3 professors (rather than lectures), small-group discussions, learning poetry & Latin & … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 6, part 2 – Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are discussing Chapter 6, part 2: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (conversation transcript). Next week we will begin chapter 7, which Cindy has said is THE pull-it-all-together chapter that makes the whole book worthwhile. I have so far found the whole book worthwhile, so I’m excited to delve into chapter 7. We will read pages 167-178. Summary This is a transcript … Read More

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