Small Hiatus

I will be taking a small break until approximately the start of December 2018.

I am preparing a conference paper and academic book review in the upcoming months.

This weekend I depart for the writers’ retreat I attended last year.

I hope to return with fresh ideas for A Reader’s Story.

Please leave thoughts or suggestions.


  1. To utter or pronounce with a hissing sound.
  2. To hiss.

Cats are known to sibilate but only heard Caesar do so once in almost three years, out of fear.

Emerson at Loyola

Yesterday, as the week closed at Loyola, I stumbled across a part of campus I had never been to before and found the following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson painted on the wall:

“The great object of education should be commensurate with the object of life.”

I think what Emerson means is that education should lead us somewhere; not so much in the immediate sense of a career path, but to a greater purpose.

A truly well-rounded liberal arts education in the traditional sense prepares students for life, as I had made reference to Fareed Zakariah’s speech and book in starting my blog over a year and a half ago.

For educators, the object of life is to pass information and a love of their subject forward.


A literary style characterized by by rhetorically balanced, often pompous phraseology and an excessively Latinate vocabulary; so called from the style of writing practiced by Samuel Johnson.

Samuel Johnson was an eighteenth century writer and politician.

Examples of Johnsonese?