UPDATE! During the conference, I am adding Twitter feeds to the sessions in the schedule below, so keep coming back! The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies starts in full swing tomorrow with sessions and mead tastings and vespers and teaching workshops! If you haven’t heard of the conference at Kalamazoo before, here’s their about … More Follow Kalamazoo 2017 Online
What is genre? Look around online or walk into a friendly neighborhood bookstore (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and you might come across the somewhat pejorative title of “genre fiction.” We think of “genre” as something lesser than the elevated bookstore section ambiguously labeled “literature” (whatever that means). Being genre-less seems to be … More All Fiction Is Genre Fiction
There’s this classic Twilight Zone episode. Maybe you’ve seen it. A bibliophile finally has enough time to read, only at the cost of all other life and civilization itself. As fellow bibliophiles, we can have the tendency to focus on the final tragic moment when he loses his only way to read even though surrounded by … More People or Books
Every bibliophile knows that we can scan our shelves and get this mingling sense of memory and feelings as though we’re looking at old pictures. Pick a random book and maybe you’ll remember dogearing pages earnestly without quite knowing what was so important at the time, but still feel changed by it. Ease another out … More What Book Makes the Best Friend?
Today I’ve been married to my wife for four years. And I thought what better way to celebrate it than to continue talking about the place of love in dialogical philosophy. (It’s okay she’s used to me.) Feelings accompany the metaphysical and metapsychical fact of love, but they do not constitute it; and the feelings … More Love is Responsibility of an I for a You
Personalism is notoriously difficult to define. Sometimes I’ll read a writer and think, “this is personalism,” but then have trouble articulating exactly how. This is why Jacques Maritain quipped in The Person and the Common Good that “there are, at least, a dozen personalist doctrines, which, at times, have nothing more in common than the term … More Why I’m a Personalist Part 2
I just came across this book blog meme created by Lisa over at Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s about the books you want to read but never got to even though they’re already sitting right on your shelf. Considering the umpteen boxes that my wife and I carted from Oregon to Georgia, I thought it was a … More Shelf Control with Umberto Eco