Midterm Antidote: Cassiodorus College
As many of us limp through midterm season, Alan Jacobs offers a marvelous utopian proposal for Cassiodorus College, “Where the New Liberal Arts Meet the Old”:
Memorization and Recitation: …Attention will be given to memorizing long poems, long speeches, meaningful numerical sequences, and nonsense.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information: [Including] attention to the principles of excellent design, including the design of text.
Care of Plants and Animals. An idea stolen from W. H. Auden, who said that in his “daydream College for Bards” every would-be poet should tend a vegetable garden and care for a domestic pet. A great idea not just for bards.
We’d love to attend, Alan.