Thursday, July 2, 2009

st john's, santa fe

St John's College - Santa Fe/Annapolis - is like nowhere else, in its devotion to Great Books, primary texts, and Thinking.   I'm on campus for three days on Bread Loaf business - and it always has a strongly inspiring effect on me for its idealism about the humanities - an idealism that isn't just there in its ethos and curriculum (which might make it a strange place to teach, if not to study), but in the accompanying little bits and pieces.   This collaged tin was left on a table by the upper dorms - it looks as though it might have escaped from the library, a repository for pencils or scrap paper or - this being St John's - homeless, but interesting thoughts.   I love the idea that someone can be bothered to decorate a functional piece of institutional hardware in this way, with the sun, and cupids, and a classical head, and what looks like a slice of the Grand Canyon - or at least of some part of the American Sublime.


  1. We have a few college students online from College of Saint Johns College Santa Fe and we love your blog postings, so well add your rss or news feed for them, Thanks and please post us and leave a comment back and well link to you. Thanks Jen , Blog Manager Saint Johns College Santa Fe.

  2. Greetings! to snowy Santa Fe from wet and windy New Jersey. It's great to know that there are readers out there... I don't know about you all, but my blogging is being mercilessly stretched by the final week of the semester - it functions, however, as serious and necessary procrastination/association/meditation. Looking forward to following up your own links... (and to being back in SF at the very end of the month...). Thank you! Kate