Locked in a Basement

I am often asked on Twitter about my bio, and here’s the essence of it, so we’re on the same plane of thought:

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Never Discuss Process

Your process — of creation, of thinking, of being — belongs to you and only you, and to discuss your process for understanding the world, and for coping within its spinning — is something you should never do, because nobody but you comprehends the when and the why of how you get things done to contextualize meaning.

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Writing a Journal of Memories: The Education of a Teacher

[Publisher’s Note: What you see on this page is the beginning of a publication project Dr. Howard Stein was preparing for David Boles Blogs in the year 2000 upon the celebration of the occasion of his birth — July 4 — when he was 78-years-old. We have unearthed this early draft of — The Howard Stern Journal of Memories — and we share it with you today so you may not only enjoy Dr. Stein’s wisdom, but also revel in the revision process you can see below in an image of his typewritten submission. You may view a larger size of the image on the Boles.com Howard Stein Archive Page.

Howard’s health began to nag him as the days aged, and he never returned to this project, but you may still read a lot of Dr. Stein’s work here, there and elsewhere. Howard Stein died on October 12, 2012 of heart failure. He was 90. We miss him every moment of every notion and it is amazing that 15 years after he wrote this for us, Howard is still publishing with us from the grave. Howard Stein always said he was “born lucky” — and so, too, are we lucky to have this article! — but this is his story.]

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Due Process for Graduate Students

A year ago, we argued for Due Process
in every aspect of the university, and today, we are delighted to
support the same sort of “due process” for graduate students as
demanded by the AAUP:

Imagine the following scene:
graduate students arrive for their first semester at a major Ivy League
university, each with a letter promising a stipend and tuition waiver
in exchange for working as teaching assistants. On the first day of
class they show up to their various classes and sit waiting for the
instructor. After ten or fifteen minutes, one after another they head
to the department office to tell the staff the instructor has never
arrived. They all receive the same answer: “You ARE the instructor.”
Unfortunately, we are not imagining the scene. We are reporting on it,
minus the name of the institution.

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The Right Angle

It’s quite amazing to me how we can change our perception when circumstances change in a split second and we are forced to choose action or inaction, being thoughtful or not.

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