On Mentoring / Only Connect...

This week, I've been thinking about the role of the mentor. I understand my official role as a mentor. But I feel like it has taken me some time to develop what I can do for students who connect. I am not the line editor, although I can pick out places where I think the writing needs work. I am the mentor who connects. Perhaps it is partly from the obsession I have with E. M. Forster's epigraph at the beginning of Howard's End that says simple "Only connect...." and he adds three pesky ellipses that just don't connect. Ugh! That idea is like a hand grenade in my brain. It is such a simple puzzle: elegant, beautiful, and sad. This relates to my mentoring philosophy. I want to find ways to enhance the likelihood of the writer writing. That is my job. 

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Over the last few weeks, I've been connecting and interacting with Rhizo15 created by Dave Cormier and an ever expanding group of thinkers, educators, and creative people. The idea behind the collaborative connective course is to discuss the topic proposed every week. How and what that conversation looks like is something that is defined by the people involved.

On Dave Cormier's blog, he explains that "Rhizomatic learning is a way of thinking about learning based on ideas described by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in a thousand plateaus. A rhizome, sometimes called a creeping rootstalk, is a stem of a plant that sends out shoots as it spreads. It is an image used by D&G to describe the way that ideas are multiple, interconnected and self-replicating. A rhizome has no beginning or end... like the learning process."

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The Art of Nothing - Existential Horror

Ever think there is someone behind you when you walk up the stairs, and you spin around and there is nothing there? That is what my article The Art of Nothing is all about. Check out the link and visit the creative talents at Western Legends Publishing.

"Existential horror is the subtly of suggestion and innuendo. It is the ability to prove the almost imperceptible."

This article explains the concept of existential horror with a sampling from modern and classic horror stories. From the modern House of Leaves to the H. P. Lovecraft short The Color Out of Space, this article pushes the concept of fear less than a creature or a series of gruesome scenes, and suggests something closer to the truth of who we are and what we really fear.

"The art of nothing or the “inexpressible horror” is an empty promise: something that is closer to reality than to fiction."

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Historical Books Have Their Own Personalities

Those who are passionate about books know there is something intrinsic about reading, imagination, and living a kind of second life. In Historical Books and Their Personal Histories, appearing on the Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects, I discuss how a reference book for a whaling ship is sent around the world and back again. This odd story and the history that these book contain aren't in the printed matter, but in the covers, the wear, and the notes in the margins. It begs the question when a book shifts from being a book to being an artificial?
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