Tag Archives: Composition

Unsentimental education

“So, do the characters in Flaubert’s novel act in accordance with Kant’s categorical imperative?” I looked around the classroom of my freshman composition students and was greeted with blank stares. “Who actually read up to page 306?” Two hands went up, one only halfway. Others confessed that they had read only to page 147, or […] … learn more→

Forest sonata: listening to the music of the trees

What is the music of trees? German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck spun slices of logs on turntables that translate their textures and annual rings into music. Traubeck calls the result Years, and I played it to my Composition Seminar to see how students responded. The first year contingent were mightily impressed that one could play old […] … learn more→