We are about an hour out of San Francisco now and I have read an article, watched a movie (Little Miss Sunshine), listened to several podcasts, and watched (on the iPod) the Battelstar Galactica primer that was (is?) a free download from iTunes Store. A few stray and random thoughts have occurred to me along the way and I thought I would mimic one of our Scholars, Adam, and make a list for you.
“A Socioliterary Approach,” by Norman Gottwald in Approaches to Teaching the Hebrew Bible as Literature in Translation, ed. by Barry N. Olshen and Yael S. Feldman (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1989), pp. 59-64. I actually read this article, and others in this great little volume, before preparing my SBL paper. I have looked at (but ever used) Gottwald’s textbook of similar name, but I had never come across this article before. What struck me was that, while I remember deciding not to use his textbook because… well, I will go back and look at again and report more coherent thoughts, but my recollection is that it follows his own peculiar order of presentation, I find I am in near total agreement with this article that outlines his teaching philosophy and method. (Sorry for the run on sentence.)I found myself in such agreement that I initially thought I wasn’t going to have a lot more to say for the paper I was presenting. Needless to say, I didn’t let that stop me. 🙂 But I do have to think more about his approach and see what I really do agree with and where I think I simply take a different approach. This will require going back to his textbook and reading it more carefully and with a different eye. My initial examination was with the question in mind, “Will this work for my intro class.” It is a neat little lesson about how our “posture” affects how we understand a text.
Little Miss Sunshine – The Music! Two songs by Sufjan Stevens! Very neat discovery. One or two pieces I am sure are from Come on Feel the Illinoise (I think it is only Chicago). Stevens is an amazing artist and I am glad he is getting wide recognition. I think I mentioned before that I ordered his 5 Christmas discs for my stocking.
I have recently downloaded a number of podcasts. A nice one I listed to today was Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing. Well worth a listen, especially the bit about the Chicago Manual of Style. Of course I still listen regularly to This Week in Tech but I also just added This Week in Media.
[Sorry I did not get this uploaded until this morning. Too many meetings.]