July first. It parts the year like the part in a head of hair. I had foreseen it as a boundary marker for me–yesterday one kind of me, tomorrow a different kind. The light-rimmed boundary of the east was July, for June had gone away in the night. July is brass where June is gold, … More July First
Just puffand aim a beamof smoke at nothingbut the fact of satisfaction …What seems a treasurein this world is notfor us to measure.Sometimes it’s quiteenough to marvelat a dream that turnedmere leaves into a pleasure. – Samuel Hazo, “When the Evening Gets Down to Cigars”Occasional verse delivered at a meeting of the Rascals, Rogues, and Rapscallions. … More Tobacco Talk: How to Share Your Research
By the cigars they smoke and the composers they love, ye shall know the texture of men’s souls. – John Galsworthy, Indian Summer of a Forsyte What if I told you that those who love are the ones who understand the best? We’re often trained to see ourselves as neutral observers who are impartial and … More Tobacco Talk: Love and Interpretation
You must have a cigarette. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? – Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray What does morality have to do with smoking? Is smoking unethical, or dare we say, sinful? I’m sure … More Tobacco Talk: Ethics and Aesthetics
Those, who deliberately inhale this noxious poison, are not putting their talents out to the best advantage, nor are they faithful servants of their Heavenly Master. So much might be said in condemnation of the impure and baneful practice of smoking, that an attempt to grasp the whole subject, would far exceed the limits of … More Tobacco Talk: Critique and Colonialism
Have you ever asked someone why they smoke? Maybe they’ll say it relaxes them, or that they enjoy it, or that they really just like being able to talk with other smokers. It all comes down to some sort of enjoyment. In this post, I explore smoking through the theory of gestures to get at an answer. … More The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe
I’m developing a class on the figure of smoking in literature, and I would like to hear what your favorite depictions are. … More What’s Your Favorite Depiction of Smoking?
Seven years ago I started this blog with a post about contemplative pedagogy featuring Br. Monday before he became Br. Monday.
To mark the occasion, I thought I would collect all of his adventures again here. … More The Compendium of Br. Monday
There’s been some consternation over the recent Wheel of Time adaptation. It’s come to the point that there are even warring hashtags about #BookCloaks and #ShowSworn! I get it–any adaptation will lead to hard feelings for folks who have spent so much time, money, and effort (reading 14 books!). But the special thing about the … More An Apology for the Wheel of Time Adaptation
My wife and I were chatting with some ranchers who are engaged in holistic management. It was exciting to hear how their work with cattle was affecting their land and their transition from conventional to regenerative farming. During the conversation, it came out that they’ve felt like researchers would never listen to them. But they … More Why I Care about Public Scholarship