George Steiner, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and novelist died last month at the age of 90. He was renowned in academic circles for the breadth of his classical humanism and among literati for his work as a book reviewer at … Continue reading A Lesson from the Master
I went bowling a few weeks ago. I am not a bowler. I lose interest too quickly, not because it is slow-paced but because I just don’t get it. But bowling is not to blame. I don’t get a lot … Continue reading Bowling & Other Mysteries
I have a confession to make. I spend a lot of time on YouTube. I used to lecture my kids about the evils of television, calling it a “vast wasteland” à la Newton Minow, but I spend even more time … Continue reading The Other Men in Black
It’s been a long semester. Just as winter has stretched into spring, classes have become long and arduous. I have turned into a coach on the sidelines nagging, needling, cajoling my students to cross the finish line. After class one … Continue reading “J,” the Unrequited
Mr. Silberman, my seventh grade math teacher, took me aside one day and asked, “What do we need to do to light a fire under you, Robert?” It was a good question, one that I have been trying to answer … Continue reading The Secret of Fire
This week someone referred to me as “calm and collected.” I think she meant that I am deliberate and even tempered. Either that, or she was describing a new deodorant. In any case, I’ll take it as a compliment. The … Continue reading What, Me Worry?
“One morning, after many dark nights of despair, an irrepressible longing to live will announce to us the fact that all is finished and that suffering has no more meaning than happiness,” Albert Camus, The Rebel The photo below was … Continue reading “Are You a Christian?”