November 16, 2005

How categories came to be

Every now and then I find it helpful to look at how words came to be. And if it's not helpful, then at least it's interesting :) One word whose history fits both, I think, is category. Its basic roots...

August 17, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #2

(Following on a little tardily from May's notes) Chapter 2: Modern discovery of Primary Oral Cultures Early Awareness of Oral Tradition Tradition of writing down sayings longlived: Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 "Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized...

May 4, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #1

This post is the first in a series of notes on Walter Ong's book Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. The book, so far, is a corker, and looks to have significant implications for any discussion of "markets...

February 20, 2004

Haristotle Potter

On a new translation of Harry Potter