25 April 2012

Today's Pop Quiz: Name that Work

Below is the opening sentence from an important work, one that I am coincidentally teaching in one of my classes beginning this week. Without googling it or otherwise looking it up--you're on your honor!--can you guess from what work, or from what author, it comes? (Note: My students are not eligible to play!)
Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
Feel free either to post your guesses in the comments, or to send them to me via e-mail. Answer to come by the end of the week.

23 April 2012

She Said It: Woolf

"For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking of the body of the people, so that experience of the mass is behind the single voice."

"It is useless to go to the great men writers for help, however much one may go to them for pleasure. Lamb, Browne, Thackeray, Newman, Sterne, Dickens, De Quincey--whoever it may be--never helped a woman yet, though she may have learnt a few tricks of them and adapted them to her use. The weight, the pace, the stride of a man's mind are too unlike her own for her to lift anything substantial from him successfully. The ape is too distant to be sedulous." 

--Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929)

05 April 2012

Students for Liberty Update

Last month, Students for Liberty hosted a webinar for some fifteen competitively-selected graduate students. They read my working paper, "Markets and Order: The Contribution of the Scottish Enlightenment." Here is my original notice of the event.

Now one of those students, a law student at Oxford called Steve Pemberton, has published a "Reflections" on my paper and on our discussion. You can find it here.

My thanks to Mr. Pemberton, as well as to SFL.