The King of All Media

My wife is deeply suspicious of my claims that I “work” in the summer. While the lengthening and warming of Minnesota’s days has no effect on her schedule, I suddenly enter a three-month period when my usual routine evaporates, to be replaced by an ever-shifting mix of quasi-academic activities: blogging on topics far afield from whatever it is that … More The King of All Media

Best of The Pietist Schoolman: The Purpose of the Liberal Arts is Purpose

From January… Another metaphor for education, this one occurring to me in the midst of teaching my course on the international history of World War II. In its final episode, “A World Without War,” Ken Burns’ The War arrives at the Allied liberation of concentration camps in the Third Reich. This chapter is introduced by an … More Best of The Pietist Schoolman: The Purpose of the Liberal Arts is Purpose

House of Cards

I didn’t quite watch the first season of House of Cards in one binge, but I’m sure the fact that I made it through all thirteen episodes in about a week registered on some computer at the headquarters of NetFlix, the TV and movie-streaming service gambling not only that it could produce its own programming, … More House of Cards