“Intellectual freedom can exist only where two essential conditions are met: first, that all individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form they deem appropriate; and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of the work, and the viewpoints of both the author and receiver of information. Freedom to express oneself through a chosen mode of communication, including the Internet, becomes virtually meaningless if access to that information is not protected. Intellectual freedom implies a circle, and that circle is broken if either freedom of expression or access to ideas is stifled.” - Banned Books Week
1984 Macintosh Computer SuperBowl ad that began the tradition that fills the space between the plays of the Superbowl.
SEATED IN SILENCE ATOP A BROKEN COLUMN, halfway up the stone cathedral called Devils Tower, my feet dangling over 400 feet of air, I'm entranced. Two tiny white-throated swifts are chasing each other, deftly cutting left and right, up and down, along the vertical walls of rock. Their agility is astonishing. They buttonhook and corkscrew, wheel and reel in the sky. From Climbing Devils Tower Outside Magazine - Mark Jenkins
Wired News: Photographer Seeks Resolution
By Leander Kahney
Feb, 07, 2005
Physicist Graham Flint is working on an ultra-high-resolution portrait of America -- a series of gigantic, gigapixel images taken with a custom camera made from bits and pieces of decommissioned Cold War hardware.
Flint's Gigapxl Project is an attempt to capture America in a series of very high-resolution portraits. Beginning in 2000, Flint has made about 1,000 gigapixel photographs during long road trips covering thousands of miles. His last trip lasted six weeks, stretched 9,000 miles and resulted in 150 images.
“While the media serves up bits of information or reality TV-type entertainment, only imaginative knowledge can create awareness. Above all, it can connect still-closed societies to the outside and let open societies peer into the soul of the Other.”
- Azar Nafisi
The Republic of the Imagination
Liberal Education and the Republic of the Imagination
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Joseph Campbell's Heroic Cycle
This poem, by Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins, was read during a special session of the U.S. Congress held in New York on Friday, September 6, 2002.
September 11 Web Archive: MINERVA: Library of Congress The September 11 Web Archive preserves the web expressions of individuals, groups, the press and institutions in the United States and from around the world in the aftermath of the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
From The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats, 1921
Yeats was attracted to the spiritual and occult world and fashioned for himself an elaborate mythology to explain human experience. "The Second Coming," written after the catastrophe of World War I and with communism and fascism rising, is a compelling glimpse of an inhuman world about to be born. Yeats believed that history in part moved in two thousand-year cycles. The Christian era, which followed that of the ancient world, was about to give way to an ominous period represented by the rough, pitiless beast in the poem.
Turtle Island - the old/new name for the continent, based on many creation myths of the people who have been living here for millennia, and reapplied by some of them to "North America" in recent years. Also, an idea found world-wide, of the earth, or cosmos even, sustained by a great turtle or serpent-of-eternity. Gary Snyder, 1969
Turtle Island Notes (PDF)
The Long Tail: Colbert on pop culture: It's Crumbelievable!
It's not just advertising where the center cannot hold. It's all across our pop cultural landscape. There's no one band we all love. There's no one newsman we can all trust/believe is a subversive....Where is America's cultural cohesiveness? Where is the common experience?
Socratic Seminar The Socratic method of teaching is based on Socrates' theory that it is more important to enable students to think for themselves than to merely fill their heads with "right" answers. A Socratic Seminar is a method to try to understand information by creating a dialectic in class in regards to a specific text. In a Socratic Seminar, participants seek deeper understanding of complex ideas in the text through rigorously thoughtful dialogue. This process encourages divergent thinking rather than convergent.
Society for Philosophical Inquiry The Society for Philosophical Inquiry (SPI) is a grassroots nonprofit organization devoted to supporting philosophical inquirers of all ages and walks of life as they become more empathetic and autonomous thinkers who take active part in creating a more deliberative democracy.
Rolling Stone : The Modern Times of Bob Dylan:
The legend comes to grips with his iconic status; an intimate conversation prior to the release of the new ''Modern Times''
By JONATHAN LETHEM
Rolling Stone September7, 2006
On the Dylan Interviews:
BOB ON BOB
by LOUIS MENAND
The New Yorker Sept. 4, 2006
The Crackin’, Shakin’, Breakin’ Sounds
by Nat Hentoff
The New Yorker Oct. 24, 1964
Billy Bragg - The Progressive Patriot - A Search For Belonging
Following his success in persuading MySpace and Bebo.com to change their terms of service, Billy now targets MTV over the issue of artists' rights.
Billy Bragg's MySpace Protest Movement
NYTimes July 31, 2006