literature

5 posts

Telling the Truth: Stories by Izzy

Our daughter is an exceptionally talented writer; she takes after her mother in that regard. She also loves art and history. On this particular assignment followed the reading of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Both stories used historical events or pictures to craft a “myth” (as in “true” but not historical) to provide deeper meaning to the simple objects (Things) or pictures (Miss […]

What is “content creation”? The iPad is for content consumption AND creation.

REPOST from January. Tomorrow, November 7, 2011, I will be giving a presentation on using the iPad for content creation. Seems fitting to share this again. For my colleagues in biblical and rabbinic literature please bear with me in this post or simply skip towards the end. I found that this discussion led me to consider what is “content creation” in terms of biblical commentary, interpretation, homiletics and the like. Last month my brother (The […]

Living and dying as a Penn State fan

Originally posted to my blog for the Leadership Academy. I received an email this morning from a former student. I have not read the novel (but have been meaning to for years) and now I have further incentive to do so. We lived for 6 years in the same town where Walker Percy had lived, Covington, LA. A great author, his works are incredibly well known in the south but not so much up north. He is […]

Gems from Sayers’ “Cloud of Witnesses”

I have been doing a lot of traveling in the last few weeks, so my blogging on Targuman.org has mostly been confined to redirects of blog posts for my class. As you might imagine, with an administrative job I find myself reading all sorts of material, just not a lot for pleasure. I decided to change that recently and re-read a great Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, Cloud of Witnesses. As I read […]

I Write Like lots of folks (and reflections on biblical authorship)

I am late to the party here but I thought I would try and experiment. Do I always write like the same person? First I put in the opening paragraphs from my paper on Boaz from MAR-SBL. The result? I write like Kurt Vonnegut. Next I pasted in a portion from a sermon for 6 Easter  2009. The result? I write like James Joyce. Finally, I used a portion from this blog, specifically where I was […]