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Thursday, January 20, 2005

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.


At January 20, 2005 at 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the winged snakes and the Dionysian rites? Come to think of it, Hermes' staff was a winged snake, wasn't it?
In deep appreciation, A Constant Reader

At January 20, 2005 at 6:31 PM, Blogger Ithaca Free School said...

Apparently the existence of flying snakes has been confirmed during the past century. Chalk another one up for Herodotus.


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