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A Summer Idyll Awakens
On a quick business trip to Hanover this past week I couldn’t help but nip over to my favorite Upper Valley swimming hole. The water is still emerald green and wonderfully transparent (in the summer I occasionally wear a diving mask to better enjoy its clarity); however winter storms and the spring melt have wrought havoc on my little dam:
Beyond swimming, on each cooling visit (sometimes up to three per day when the weather is insufferably humid), I add dozens of downstream rocks to the barrier with a zen-like focus that is sometimes tough to break. By summer’s end I can increase the depth of the pool by six or seven inches. But, as you can see above, come the following spring, I have to start over again. John Rassias used to do a Myth of Sysyphus pantomime that he would end by turning to the audience and offering a memorable existentialist smile. Sysyphus’ rock would roll back down the hill, and my dam will wash away each year. Undaunted, I’ll start re-building when we get back to Hanover in June.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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