Postcards

System-preservation

Is learning self-preservation the same as learning system-preservation? I pose the question having never heard of “system-preservation,” so I’m stuck now with defining it. In my current unit on Yasmina Khadra’s The Swallows of Kabul, an elegiac exploration of the Taliban’s…
Read more

What is is.

[I gave this lecture today to colleagues in the context of teaching The Swallows of Kabul. It’s inconsistent in its scholarship and reckless in its claims; it’s also inexcusably long. Enjoy.] Existentialism, OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love…
Read more

On pain

I think I have to write this post before I can write anything else. I imagine this lingering cloud over my head (not my heart) has contributed in some way to my recent disinclination to write. At some point this…
Read more