essays

Why there are conspiracy theorists

Prior to the pandemic, I was hoping to spend the summer teaching courses based on my book, Literature: How to Read and Understand the World. I was going to host an in-person release event at a coffee shop, following which I would run once-weekly meetings at this same location. Additionally, I was planning to put… Continue reading Why there are conspiracy theorists

Community mapping, Curriculum

A practical guide to sharing wisdom

As we move toward community mapping at the end of our process of reading literature, the mind most commonly draws us toward tangibles—that is, toward things that we can demonstrate to others through processes of measurement, explication, and the like. This is because we have grown up in an education system which orients us to… Continue reading A practical guide to sharing wisdom

Character identifications, Curriculum

Character identifications

Character identifications constitute the ‘meat’ of our process of reading literature, and become available to us once we have read the text in a sufficiently engaged manner. Through this process, we have defamiliarized ourselves with the story of ourselves—which was simultaneously a story of perfection—and in so doing, we have ceased to judge the characters,… Continue reading Character identifications