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November 22, 2008

A Week in the Life…

This has been an intense week. We got to see Warwick castle a while ago, and last Saturday we went to see Stonehenge as well as the city of Bath. But for now, here's a recount of yesterday, Friday the 21st.

At 10:30 am I met with my English Literature tutor, Dr. Rooksby. We discussed the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Thomas Hardy. It was a great session as always. We discussed the differences in styles between the two writers as well as the differences in their worldviews, one being a Jesuit priest and the other being a secularist. I'm loving the studies we do on the writing and how these brilliant authors communicate. I'm reading "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens for next Friday, so I'll be busy. I was speaking with my roommate Josh recently about the difficulty of the studies here. We both agree that it may well be the hardest term we've ever had, but we don't think of it that way because it's so terrific.

Kevin and I met for lunch. We talked about a variety of issues, many of them relating to my future and career goals. After speaking with him, I feel like I've got a much better idea of what I should do for my undergraduate and perhaps even in consideration of a post-graduate degree. I really enjoy my time with him talking about various subjects.

At 4:00 I went to the Lamb and Flag which is one of the pubs that C.S. 'Jack' Lewis and J.R.R. 'Tollers' Tolkien used to meet at. I decided that since the Inklings could have some good discussion at these pubs, some of us thinklings could as well. Emilie Noteboom, Kevin Bywater, Josh Hynie and a friend of his, Tim Brahm, all came to discuss various issues. We discussed art and the bearing that an artist's intentions has on his art and whether it is intentions alone that makes his art virtuous or immoral. It was a great discussion.

Today we're off to Lane House at 2 for worldview studies and then dinner and a movie afterwards, so I've got some work to get done by then.

Isaac McPheeters
Fellow, Michaelmas Term '08


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