“I wanted every 50-minute class to feel like half an hour.” Stephen King’s instructional goal is a sterling standard for teachers and (scaled accordingly) songwriters. And while he and Noel Gallagher are two whose work I’ve regrettably stopped following (the former’s out of loss of habit, the latter’s due to disappointment), when I encounter an interview with either, I […]
“What I liked about Paddy,” one of his Cretan blood-brothers said to me, “was he was such a good man, so morally good. He could throw his pistol 40 feet in the air like this, and catch it again by the handle.” Saturday afternoon I was at Somerville’s Dilboy VFW Post for a birthday party. Gracious […]
“And you put the glass up to the wall, and you can hear through the wall a little bit more of the song – maybe just the middle bit this time… And so it goes on until eventually, after however long it can take – sometimes a few days, sometimes months – you piece the whole […]
I can pinpoint the exact moment when I first thought I could write a novel. It was around 1:30 in the afternoon of April 1, 1978. I was at Jingu Stadium that day, alone in the outfield drinking beer and watching the game. -Haruki Murakami This sounded well worth a shot, so I […]
I’m sure Arne Duncan’s office is fine and all, but I bet it’s not lined with gold leaf. And in France the top education job is apparently “a prestigious position held by monumental figures,” too. Secretary Duncan may, alas, have better luck installing gold leaf in his office than commensurately elevating its status. More happily, I […]
Singer on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars, co-founder of the American Basketball Association, knighted by Pope Paul VI for humanitarian work in Nigeria… And that was before his campaign for president, or his talk show. This is one of the more intriguing obituaries I’ve ever read. (Due to vocabulary and “alignment” issues, I won’t be sharing it […]
So asks this article. Apparently it’s a problem. John Paul Jones noted it a few years back, too: “Every other name is taken,” Mr. Jones explains. “Think of a great band name and Google it, and you’ll find a French-Canadian jam band with a MySpace page.” Well, anyone who knows me knows that I am […]
The tale of this first year teacher has been haunting me since I heard it last month, not least because he was fourteen. It’s from BBC’s Witness program. If my podcast ration were reduced to one, this would be it.