The Contemplative Teacher is here to discuss and transmit in highly existential and geeky fashion the ideas and words of wisdom [and idiocy] that have come from the minds of writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other artists throughout the history of mankind.

In other words, I talk about books and movies and stuff. It is fun. Enjoy. 😉

8 responses to “About

  1. Hey!

    I still enjoy reading your blog. 🙂

    Thought of you when I was reading this one, too: http://budtheteacher.com/blog/ especially in terms of showing a photo (then I think “video!”) as a prompt. Felt like something cool you would do. While there I also read his piece on AR (Accelerated Reading) and it started morphing in my brain with your posts re: reading, patience, and kids these days. I am not sure about you, but I am sure that we are pulling our hair out with the way kids are rewired and dare I say entitled to impatience in 2010. Has led to some great conversations on ol’ Team 9D.

    Always interesting, my friend! Hope all is well down in sunny FL. Take care!


    • Hey Melissa! I read Bud the Teacher’s blog about AR–scary stuff for a parent whose got a son starting school next year! But I suppose I should have no real fear for Jonathan’s future love of reading, because he loves it now, we all read together often, and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon; we’ll just counter all “reader-stifling” programs like AR with family time… 🙂

      And *groan*…impatience…I swear, I am ready to start my kids on yoga or something to help them chill out and slow down! Just for maybe 15-20 minutes each morning before first period. 🙂 (I know, of course, that I have students who read this blog; but they hear all too often from me that they need to throw on the brakes, so my yoga proposition should come as no surprise.)

      I’m glad to hear that you still read my blog! It’s good to still be connected to you! Be sure to tell Team 9D that I send along my best regards.

      Talk to you later!

  2. As I once said …

    “If they wish to alleviate the sufferings of the exploited classes, let them live up to their pretensions, let them abandon the academy and go out there and work politically and economically and in a humanitarian spirit.”
    -Harold Bloom

    I Think you should include me in one of your posts


  3. This is for your classes

    “All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them of how heavy their inheritance is.
    Harold Bloom

    But in the end, in the end one is alone. We are all of us alone. I mean I’m told these days we have to consider ourselves as being in society… but in the end one knows one is alone, that one lives at the heart of a solitude.
    Harold Bloom

    Criticism in the universities, I’ll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It’s Stalinism without Stalin.
    Harold Bloom

    Criticism starts – it has to start – with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems.
    Harold Bloom

    I don’t believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene.
    Harold Bloom

    I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet, but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
    Harold Bloom

    I take it that a successful therapy is an oxymoron.
    Harold Bloom

    I think Freud is about contamination, but I think that is something he learned from Shakespeare, because Shakespeare is about nothing but contamination, you might say.
    Harold Bloom

    I would say that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States.
    Harold Bloom

    If I were to sum up the negative reactions to my work, I think there are two primary causes: one is that if there is discourse about anxiety it is necessarily going to induce anxiety. It will represent a return of the repressed for a great many people.
    Harold Bloom

    If they wish to alleviate the sufferings of the exploited classes, let them live up to their pretensions, let them abandon the academy and go out there and work politically and economically and in a humanitarian spirit.
    Harold Bloom

    In fact, it is Shakespeare who gives us the map of the mind. It is Shakespeare who invents Freudian Psychology. Freud finds ways of translating it into supposedly analytical vocabulary.
    Harold Bloom

    In the finest critics one hears the full cry of the human. They tell one why it matters to read.
    Harold Bloom

    Indeed the three prophecies about the death of individual art are, in their different ways, those of Hegel, Marx, and Freud. I don’t see any way of getting beyond those prophecies.
    Harold Bloom

    No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer, is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem.
    Harold Bloom

    Shakespeare is the true multicultural author. He exists in all languages. He is put on the stage everywhere. Everyone feels that they are represented by him on the stage.
    Harold Bloom

    Shakespeare is universal.
    Harold Bloom

    Shakespeare will not make us better, and he will not make us worse, but he may teach us how to overhear ourselves when we talk to ourselves… he may teach us how to accept change in ourselves as in others, and perhaps even the final form of change.
    Harold Bloom

    Sometimes one succeeds, sometimes one fails.
    Harold Bloom

    The second, and I think this is the much more overt and I think it is the main cause, I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to demonstrate that every possible stance a critic, a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself inevitably and necessarily poetic.
    Harold Bloom”

  4. Dear Englishteacherman,
    You are a literary genius (like me) we should definitely meet up somewhere. You may bring englishstudentboy and his friends also.
    Harold Bloom

  5. Hello! I’m going to use one of your posts on Juliet in my research essay and I’m wondering how do I can reference you? Could you please write your Name and Surname and any other information you think is relevant to properly acknowledge your blog as a source.Thank you!!!

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