Last week I published an essay over at LitHub on what Pauline Kael got fundamentally right about Citizen Kane: In a very important sense, the movie is a comedy about newspapers — and what happened to newspapers after movies came along.
The medium is described as “Sunlight on wood” because the striations on the wood were made by using a lens to focus sunlight and burn the surface. Ackling could therefore only work outside and when the sun was shining. When asked about the purpose of his work, Ackling said, “I’m not sure I know what I’m doing. I’m not trying to communicate anything. I don’t have an objective.” But, he added, “The quality of experience while making the work is important. I choose to make my work in silence and sitting still.” I also very much like Ackling’s encouragement to his students to make things they could keep in their pockets.
Shreckenghost, Thunderberg, Silverthrone, Lookingslant, Jollymood, Thickenmirth, Muttonjoy, Fingerhot, Oxenhorn, Slanderhouse, Laughinghouse, Servinghouse, Warminghouse, Bobbinhouse, Boninghouse, Boltinghouse, Honeychurch, Honeycamp, Eaglecamp, Bloomingcamp, Carpetdale, Middleditch, Timberlake, Goldenarm, Goldenbow, Bitterwolf, Cuddleback, Chatterbuck, Skittleharp, Danglemire, Stufflebeam, Battlegore, Bottomfield, Bottomstone, Homerkick, Tinklepaugh, Lookingbill, Gollyhorn, Weathergreen, Scattergood, Conquergood, Dollarhide, Middlestink, Wagonback, Wagonblast, Pennycook, Overcash, Oversault, Overland, Overend, Overpeck, Underland, Underdown, Rowdybust, Diddlebock, Kettlestrings, Bickelhump, Widowgas, Silversides, Chickenbard, Cattlehock, Weatherhead, Weatherwax, Sodagreen, Alsobrook, Pittlecow, Singlebush, Basketfield, Doverspike, Riverhawk, Wanderwall, Appleboy, Applerot, Hollowbush, Silverbrand, Moneyhand, Shiversteel, Meadowcroft, Dickensheets, Mumblehead, Wagonfound, Brokenstick, Cobbledick, Bullerdick, Crackerbone, Goodieshanks, Clutterbuck, Meloncoat.
As it happens, there are Scattergoods at my parish church. And after all, you’re my Wanderwall.
Marianne Bitler, Sean Corcoran, Thurston Domina, and Emily Penner have been studying the effect that teachers have on their students’ test scores. The result: Teachers have roughly same impact on students’ test scores that they have on students’ heights. Thanks to Freddie deBoer for calling my attention to this sobering but unsurprising news. We teachers like to believe that we make a major impact on our students, or at least can, but those transformational relationships are very rare, if my experience (38 years of it and counting) is anything to go by.