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Monday, March 3, 2014

Last week

I was hoping to post a more thorough run-down of what we did last week, but here are some of the highlights. We began the week Tuesday with our song-of-the-day, sung a cappella by student Stevi Daniels in the painting studio. We watched a section of a wonderful Joseph Cornell documentary, which you can find here, and we learned that he would loan his boxes to children in his neighborhood to play with. (Apparently, on a visit to Cornell's house check out his work, Andy Warhol witnessed a little girl stop by and return in a box she was "bored with" and was given by Cornell another to play with.)

We read and discussed three Marianne Moore poems: "A Grave," "What Are Years?" and "An Egyptian Pulled Glass Bottle in the Shape of a Fish." Included in the discussion of these poems were some notes drawn from Langdon Hammer's lecture on Moore, which can be found here.

Finally, we read two essays, Christian Wiman's "Dear Oblivion," from his book My Bright Abyss, and Stanley Hauerwas's "How to Write a Theological Sentence." The discussions we had were robust and freewheeling.

A full week indeed.

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