Ithaca Free School

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Shakespeare & Stuff

Howdy folks!

Well, April is the cruellest month, breeding new plans out of the free school.

We are revising our Shakespeare time to 6pm Tuesday, to take advantage of the light, as we will be performing the plays outdoors when possible. We encourage anyone who wants to, to drop by for their favorite play. We got good responses from passersby for the act we were able to read outdoors tonight.

The order in which we will read the remaining plays is as follows:

Julius Caesar
As You Like It
Twelfth Night
Troilus & Cressida
All's Well that Ends Well
Measure for Measure
King Lear
Antony and Cleopatra
Timon of Athens
The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
Henry VIII

Also, we will be doing a marathon reading of ULYSSES on the 101st Bloomsday, June 16, 2005. Contact me if you're interested in participating.


Thursday, March 17, 2005


12pm: Lucretius.

1pm: Cantos.

7pm: St. Patlatch. Bring foods vert or con pommes des terres, or suffer the consequences.

10pm: Latin Latine Latyne!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


11am: Euclid.

1pm: Aristotle.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Hello O'Friends!

Just a reminder that this week's potlatch theme is either green food or Irish food in honor of St. Patty's Day. I brainstormed with David and came up with some pretty interesting food ideas. I may just do potato something-or-other, but I may get some inspiration thanks to

Don't forget to wear green or else you'll get pinched!

Free kisses for card-carrying Irish folks, fellow redheads, leprechauns or people who are willing to be called by a Crystal Mandated (tm) Irish Name for the entirety of the evening!

"Get over here, Siobhan! Seamus is serving up his rumpledethump!"

See you Thursday.


1. After due consideration we've decided to return Shakespeare to its original time of 7pm on Tuesdays.

2. Children's lit, Mondays at 4, has been cancelled for lack of interest.


Please Plato Don't Hurt 'Em

12pm: Rock'n'roll Lucretius.

2pm: Smooth jazz Plato.

4pm: Oi oi oi kid's lit (for real this time).

6pm: Shakespeare till your eyes fall out.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Son Day (Or Sun Day?)

12pm: KJV. (I Samuel cont.)

7pm: Wm. Blake.

Friday, March 11, 2005

A Model of Wholeness

Anne wrote me a very perceptive letter in response to my primer. One passage in particular struck me, which I have obtained her permission to excerpt here:

"To me, the most compelling idea is that the love of knowledge cuts across social lines and other artificial distinctions.... We are, as you say, so isolated and
separate from each other. Not only does this keep us compliant with the prevailing order (how is it that we're at war when at least half the country strongly
opposes it?), but also, in the deepest sense, disspirited and broken as human beings. To me the purpose of education is to heal these wounds, but one has to name them in order to be free of them. You have to be able to understand the fault lines in society or in yourself in order to begin to address them. And you can never do this alone. You also simultaneously need a model of wholeness; for me, this
has always been poetry, art, music and literature, or the thoughts of historians and contemplatives and philosophers."

Thanks Anne. This sums up a good deal of what I find valuable, both personally and socially, about the cultural tradition.


Thursday, March 10, 2005

Thor's Day

1pm: Cantos.

4pm: Herodotus.

7pm: Potlatch.

10pm: Latin.