A Posthumous Interview with John Dewey

Last week John Dewey returned from his postmortem travels to grant me a special interview for the educational philosophy class I am currently taking. We met over coffee on Tuesday afternoon at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, and the weather was nice enough for us to sit outside in the common space. The meeting was arranged by William James, with whom I spoke two weeks prior, during a séance. Having previously only spoken to the dead, but never actually seen the dead, I was nervous Professor Dewey would show up as a zombie-like corpse and thereby attract attention. To my relief, however, he arrived as an apparition, and in the outdoor lighting that day, one had to look very closely to notice he was not a living being. The stares, therefore, were minimal, and we were able to conduct our interview uninterrupted. Our conversation, which follows, was mostly about his classic work Democracy and Education. Continue reading “A Posthumous Interview with John Dewey”

Grammar Man Attempts to Rescue Stephen Colbert

If even literary masters need their grammar corrected sometimes, we should not be surprised when other great thinkers also need an editor. Stephen Colbert is among the greatest thinkers of the early 21st century, but even a man as brilliant as he occasionally commits a grammatical indiscretion. Fortunately, Grammar Man is a member of Colbert Nation, and I recently sent Dr. Colbert a message to inform him of his mishap. I have not yet received a response, but I am sure he is just nervous about writing a thank you letter. Below is the text of the message I sent.  Continue reading “Grammar Man Attempts to Rescue Stephen Colbert”

The Making of Super 8

Film Review
Super 8
(2011)

Producer Steven Spielberg and writer/director J.J. Abrams meet in Spielberg’s special office at the DreamWorks headquarters.  The walls are neatly lined with posters from all the films Spielberg has had a hand in. His desk is ominous, almost throne-like. Abrams can barely see through the action figures of E.T., Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park dinosaurs occupying the front of the desk. Abrams is there to discuss his new script, but he patiently awaits Mr. Spielberg’s permission to speak.  Continue reading “The Making of Super 8”