Ithaca Free School

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Potlatch Switcheroo

So we're going to move our potlatch and game night to Thursday, 7pm, rather than Wednesday. Just so you know.

I think this week we are also going to try to spread the word on the school via postering in coffee shops and other community way stations. We'll see how that goes.


11am: The Bible & Cinnamon Toast.

7pm: Blake & Tea.

Friday, January 28, 2005


10pm: Small Latin (& less Greek).

Thursday, January 27, 2005


H is for tHursdays!

12pm: Heidegger.

3pm: Herodotus (Histories!).

10pm: Umm... cHaucer?

Wednesday, January 26, 2005


6pm to 8pm: Potlatch. (We've moved up the time a bit so that some of us can attend the Russian choral music concert at 8pm.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


7pm: King Richard the Second.

Not a bad play, as I recall.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Monday: A Blizzard of Greeks! (And, Um, Lucretius)

Are you ready for our no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners, murderous Monday schedule? This day should be properly christened with a suitable epithet to reflect the following:

2pm: Plato.

4pm: Euclid.

6pm: Aristotle.

8pm: Lucretius.

We are going to be speaking in tongues by the end of this. On the other hand, we may be closer to understanding the workings of the state, the fall of atoms, the perfect equilateral triangle, or the real meaning of friendship.

I'd better go eat something to fortify myself.

"That's a proper working day, lad, and don't you forget it!"

Sunday, January 23, 2005


Now, we skipped Bible class because of other obligations which of course we were unable to fulfill on account of the blizzard. But for those of you who want something to do tonight there's

7pm: William Blake!

By the way, for anyone who might stumble on this weblog, be directed by a friend, or plucked it from one of our fliers, my name is David. Please feel free to send me an email for more information about what we're doing, etc.

Friday, January 21, 2005


10pm: Late-Nite Latin.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

New, Revised, Super-Authoritative Spring Schedule, Until The Next Change Is Made

All right, since I have nothing better to do I am posted our new revised schedule. Crystal will make this text all fancy for the purposes of a flyer, which I guess I will post at some area coffeeshops. (Any suggestions for other likely places?)

No grades. No teachers. No tuition.

if spring ever gets here

The Platonic Dialogues
The Elements of Euclid
Aristotle’s Politics
Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura

The Plays of Shakespeare

Potlatch & Game Night

Heidegger’s Being and Time
The History of Herodotus
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Introductory Latin 10PM

The King James Bible
William Blake: Images and Poetry

Upcoming Classes:
Conversational German
The Cantos of Ezra Pound

Ithaca Free School is located in Ithaca, NY, is free and is a school. Students of diverse ages and interests are welcome. No qualifications or commitments are required, only an interest in the subject matter.


Thursday: The Ink Froze In The Pot

Greetings constant readers.

Apparently there is a story in Rabelais, which I believe he drew from a classical source, that there is a part of the world in which it is so cold that speech upon emerging from the mouth immediately freezes and can only be heard again in the spring.

This part of the world is Ithaca, New York.

We learned from Heidegger that the world only reveals itself in its objective presence through brokenness, absence, or untidiness. The thingness of things becomes very real when you, say, stub your toe.

Herodotus tells us more than we ever wanted to know about the embalming practices of the Egyptians. Next week, amateur pickling class.

Tonight we finally move ahead on Chaucer. The Miller's Tale. A saucy yarn for a cold night. We may have to break out the accents.

Now, Monday is apparently going to be the day of a thousand classics. We proudly announce our newest new class: Aristotle, In No Particular Order. So on Monday, we'll be reading Plato, Euclid, Aristotle and Lucretius. This is what is known as bootstrapping oneself. Or, maybe, hanging oneself, very slowly.

In the works for the near future: conversational German, and EP's Cantos.

We're all looking forward to nicer weather so that we can have class outside. Until then we must keep the home fires burning.

Apparently Blake annotated Thomas Taylor's translation of Proclus' Commentary on the Elements of Euclid. I didn't expect to find a connection between Euclid and Blake, but considering Urizen's fondness for surveying perhaps I shouldn't be surprised.

We won't be reading the second half of Numbers this Sunday, due to prior obligations. Sorry Bible fans! There's always next week.

I hope you'll all appreciate my attempt to spice up the action here at Ithaca Free School.


12pm: Heidegger.

2pm: Herodotus.

10pm: Chaucer.

Perhaps today we will try and firm up our plans for a Cantos group. Anyone interested with whom I have not already spoken?

Hell, anyone reading this thing at all?

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Tuesday: Shakespeare

7pm: We'll finish Taming of the Shrew.

If anyone makes it to my house through the foot of snow.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Monday: Snow Day

Despite snow we are still apparently having the following classes:

4pm: Euclid.

6pm: Lucretius.

We'll see if anyone actually shows up!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Sunday: Brunch, Bible, Blake

11pm: The Bible. (I am posting late, we did this already. A delicious frittata and the first half of Numbers. Leprous Miriam, a kid of the goats, the place where they buried those who lusted -- and that's only the first half of Numbers!)

7pm: Blake. Innocence and/or Experience?

"Some are born to sweet delight."

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Thursday: Addendum

Oh yeah...

10pm: Chaucer. The Miller's Tale.

Thursday Classes

12pm: Heidegger.

2pm: Herodotus.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Wednesday: Potlatch Plus

7pm: Potlatch plus birthday party for Crystal K., woman of the house, who is 26 tonight. All welcome!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Tuesday: Shakespeare

Tonight at 7pm we're reading The Taming of the Shrew

Monday, January 10, 2005

Monday: Christopher's Day Off

2pm: Plato.

4pm: Euclid.

6pm: Lucretius.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Sunday: Bible and Blake:

11am: Bible (first half of Leviticus).

7pm: The first Wm. Blake class (presumably some of the Songs of Innocence).

Friday, January 07, 2005

Friday: Latin

The 10pm slot which was formerly reserved for Plato is now the time for our beginning Latin class, which meets tonight.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Announcement: New Course

Hopefully we will begin to publicize Free School activities more broadly, for which we are thinking about implementing a new rubric, as it were. Specifically we were thinking that classes might be formalized according to our long term intentions. For example, instead of calling our current group Chaucer, we would call it English Literature, which would then become our time in the week to read whatever we want to read in that field when Chaucer is done (Milton I think is next on the schedule.)

Plato becomes Ancient Philosophy, Heidegger perhaps Modern Philosophy, etc.

I present this because I want to gather participants for a course in the American Long Poem, which will first (and probably for a while) be a Cantos reading group. I'd also like to read Paterson, The Maximus Poems, A, and others, but EP seems to be a necessary grounding. So, if you're interested, send me an email.

We will also in the next few weeks be convening a beginning conversational German class. Hopefully we will be able to enlist one of Ithaca's native speakers to assist our fumblings.

Triple Threat Thursday

12pm: Heidegger.

2pm: Herodotus.

10pm: Chaucer.

Can you survive the pulse-pounding excitement?

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Wednesday: potlatch

Tonight is potlatch and our first game night! Bring a dish and come play dictionary, or whatever we end up playing.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Tuesday: Shakespeare

Tonight we will be reading King John at 7pm. For real this time.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Announcement: Spring Semester

This post is for the purpose of clarifying our current courses and their scheduling. All of these courses are subject to change both in content, day of the week and time. For more information on any of these, please email me.

Platonic dialogues -- 3pm
Euclid's Elements -- 5pm
Roman literature (currently reading De Rerum Natura, Lucretius) -- 7pm

Shakespeare's plays -- 7pm

Potlatch, poetry & game night -- 7pm

Heidegger (currently reading Being and Time) -- 11am
Ancient Historians (currently reading Histories, Herodotus) -- 2pm
The Canterbury Tales -- 10pm

Introductory Latin -- 9pm

Day of Rest (at present)

The Bible (currently reading the Pentateuch) -- 11am
Works of William Blake -- 7pm

Monday: Euclid, Roman Literature, Latin

Today we are beginning Euclid at 4pm. Reading of Lucretius continues at 7pm and Beginning Latin at 8:30pm.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Sunday: The Bible

This morning we are reading the second twenty chapters of Exodus.

In the other room they are plotting our Euclid class. And talking about Kant.

"... he thinks that space is not something we experience from the world, but something that rational beings more or less add to the world through their experience. So it's not that there are things in space, but that we create space..."

I'm going to need another cup of coffee.

Saturday, January 01, 2005


No classes today.

Tomorrow, Sunday the 2nd, we will continue the Bible with the second half of Exodus. One week from tomorrow (the 9th) we will begin reading Blake with the Songs of Innocence.

We are also going to begin a class that will go through the Elements of Euclid on Mondays; time yet to be determined.