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What I Do

I am a Distinguished — Distinguished? — Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I am the author most recently of The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography. An associated tumblelog is here

I am at work right now on a book to be published in 2017: How to Think: A Guide for the Perplexed

You can find a list of my books and (many) other writings at The New Atlantis, where I am a Contributing Editor, and where I write a blog on technologies of reading, writing, and knowledge called Text Patterns. I keep an online commonplace book here, I post occasionally about soccer here and I post links to my research on my Pinboard page. Pinboard is the coolest thing.

I have a Twitter, but I mainly use it for links — I rarely see replies. I explain this decision in this post

I also maintain what one might call a coffee-table website called The Gospel of the Trees


Nota Bene: in the URL of this site the "org" is for organism