Too much happened in life since my last post and it knocked me off my blogging routine. There was the flight home for a poster presentation at a conference, reunion with family and friends and LIS classmates, three snow storms (two in Cullowhee on either end of the Washington trip, and one in Washington) that were all somewhat disorienting. Then my car’s alternator died on the way home from the airport two hours away, sparking a week-long sort of obsession/discussion that involved three cars (the old one, the rental, and the eventual new one (it was time, on many levels)). Still working to resolve disposal of the old car. She served us well for 13 years, and I am not inclined to simply abandon her for blue-book cash without knowing that she will end up in a good home with decent people for her new owner
So I am climbing out of the hole and back to some semblance of normality. A bit behind on my #MOOCMOOC reading and studies. Catching up with Seymour Papert today. I did manage to plow my way through a couple of interesting books while waiting in airports in Greenville, Chicago and Washington, riding on DC subways, and on the actual flights themselves.
Ashley Kahn’s A Love Supreme (Hunter Library) treats/analyses/ explains the John Coltrane Quartet signature piece by the same name, exploring the evolution of the musicians, individually and as a group, and the development of the music, from swing to bebop to avant-garde and presenting a picture, in the process, of the social and cultural turbulence of the period from 1955 to 1965. (Accompanied by several listenings to the actual music on Youtube).
George Monteiro’s The Presence of Camoes (also borrowed from Hunter Library) was an appropriate choice after reading aloud the Camoes Sonnet #271 at a poetry event a couple of weeks ago on campus. Monteiro shows direct and indirect influences of the 16th century poet on British, America, South African, and other Portuguese poets. Most interesting for me were the chapters on Poe, Melville, Dickinson and a series of South African poets. Will definitely read it again, though my next read in this vein will be The Presence of Pessoa by the same author.
OK, sports fans, that is it for now. Planning to do some #MOOCMOOC readng at the laundromat this morning, and at home this afternoon.
Peace, y’all. A luta continua!