From Round to Square (and back)

For The Emperor's Teacher, scroll down (↓) to "Topics." It's the management book that will rock the world (and break the vase, as you will see). Click or paste the following link for a recent profile of the project: http://magazine.beloit.edu/?story_id=240813&issue_id=240610

A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over four years of material (2,000 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 08-30

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/3..................................................................................................................8/26
This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years.

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date

期星
Eighth Month, Thirtieth Day
Astral Period Sun
Sunday, August 30
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
合天
日德
Heavenly Virtue
Linked Days
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
吉中
酉己丑
中吉
戌午寅
中吉
亥未卯
中吉吉
23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Auspicious

07:00-09:00 Auspicious
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

15:00-17:00 Inauspicious
17:00-19:00 In-Between
19:00-21:00 In-Between
21:00-23:00 In-Between

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
                             —————————————————

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

祭置
祀產
Setting-up Industry
Venerating Ancestors
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Seventeenth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: wuyin (15/60)
Phase (element): Earth
Constellation: Asterism (25/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Destroy (7/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)








大月
砂破
月水
刑痕
————
Appropriate Activities
Seeking Medical-Treatment
Treating Illness
Destroying Rooms
Smashing Embankments

Baleful Astral Influences
Lunar Destruction
Water Scar
Great Sand
Lunar Punishment

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
丫 天
Bifurcation, Heaven
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous

爐 牀
Edifice
Furnace, Bed

Zweirad Szenen (9)—Where Fish Sleep

Click here for the "Zweirad Szenen" Resource Center (all posts available)
Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Zweirad Szenen"
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
On this date on Round and Square's History 
30 August 2014—China's Lunar Calendar 2014 08-30
30 August 2014—Social and Cultural Theory: Theory Letter (2014)
30 August 2013—China's Lunar Calendar 2013 08-30
30 August 2013—New York Review of Books Syllabus (2013)
30 August 2012—The New Yorker and the World: Course Introduction
30 August 2011—Styling Culture: Introduction
Back in Germany, and back on my two wheels, I decide to go for a long ride through the woods before taking a nap. The flight was long and oppressive in its own peculiar way (an exit row seat is countered by the, er, bathrooms. 

On the bike, I peer to my left as I enter a copse. And what do I see? Well, it looks like a comfortable place where the fish sleep at night.

This is not what I thought "sleeping with the fishes" meant.

Mind you, I have been awake for almost forty-eight hours, and jet-lag might be playing with my thoughts.

Fish dorm.

That is all.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York Review of Books Questions: Autumn 2015

Questions to Ask of Every Review

Questions such as these will be on the quizzes and in class discussions.

  1   What is the title?

  2   Who is the author (check the Table of Contents page…and maybe Google™)? 

  3   How is the bibliographical information organized? 

[b] Holes (in the argument) RF
  4   How is the essay divided? 

  5   How does the essay begin? 

  6   What is the end of the beginning? 

  7   How does the text end? 

  8   What is the beginning of the end? 

  9   At what level is the essay written?  Who is the audience? 

10   What kind of essay strategies does the author use? 

11   What is the rhetorical role of illustrations in the text?
[c] Step-by-step RF

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 08-29

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/3..................................................................................................................8/26
This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years.

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
廿
六期星
Eighth Month, Twenty-Ninth Day
Astral Period Six
Saturday, August 29
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
合月
日德
Lunar Virtue
Linked Days
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子
中中吉
酉己丑
吉吉
戌午寅
中吉
亥未卯
凶凶
23:00-01:00 Auspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

07:00-09:00 In-Between
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
13:00-15:00 Inauspicious

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 In-Between
21:00-23:00 Auspicious

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
                             —————————————————

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

整理
甲髮
Patterning Hair
Trimming Nails
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Sixteenth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: dingchou (14/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Willow (24/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Grasp (6/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)




歸歲
忌破
俱小
將耗
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Sweeping Rooms

Baleful Astral Influences
Generational Destruction
Small Squander
Return Taboo
Everything General

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
Bifurcation
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous

厠 庫
Granary
Toilet, Storehouse

Friday, August 28, 2015

Round and Square Syllabus: Autumn 2015

[a] Round RF
Round and Square Syllabus
All Classes
Autumn 2014
Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 111                                                                 Tuesday           2:00-3:30 
363-2005                                                                                   Thursday         2:00-3:30
lafleur@beloit.edu                                                                    …or by appointment

NYRB and Round and Square readings are due on Tuesdays, and will be a part of both the quiz and class discussion on those days.

Week One—August 25
Syllabic Cycles—Introduction, a-d (read all four posts, not just the first one). 
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it!

Week Two—September 1
Quotidian Quizzes—Introduction, a-h (skim the first four posts, but read the last four carefully (they get to the heart of our course).
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it!

Week Three—September 8
Writing and Time—Introduction
Writing and Time—Reading Logs, a-b (read both posts, not just the first one)  
(Filling out "reading logs" is voluntary, but reading all posts is mandatory!)
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it! 

Week Four—September 15
Fieldnotes From History—Introduction
Longevity Mountain—Mao and Then
Longevity Mountain—Stone Cold Poetic
Longevity Mountain—Up to South Heaven Gate 
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it! 

Week Five—September 22
Theory Corner—Bricolage, a-c (read all three posts, not just the first one).
Styling Culture: Chicago-style Footnotes and Endnotes
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it! 

Week Six—September 29
Prairie Ethnography—The Thousand Ask Question, a-c (read all three posts)
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it!

Week Seven—October 6
The Philosophy of History of Philosophy (a History)—Introduction
Fieldnotes From History—Introduction
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it!

Week Ten—October 27
Structure, History, and Culture—Introduction (read both posts)
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it!

Week Eleven—November 3
Structure, History and Culture—Packing the Car
Structure, History, and Culture—Interstate Highways
Structure, History, and Culture—Electoral College Politics (a)
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it!

Week Twelve—November 10
Felicitous Felinity—Introduction
The Power of Five—Introduction
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it!

Week Thirteen—November 17
Primary Sources—Introduction, e-h (read all four posts, not just the first one)
Check the lunar calendar every day (posted at midnight). Scroll down until you see it!
[b] Square RF

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 08-28

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
9/3..................................................................................................................8/26
This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years.

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
廿
五期星
Eighth Month, Twenty-Eighth Day
Astral Period Five
Friday, August 28
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
三時德歲
合德日支
Generational Branch
Virtuous Days
Timely Virtue
Three Linkages
—————————————————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰子

酉己丑
吉吉
戌午寅
凶凶
亥未卯
吉中中
23:00-01:00 Auspicious
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 In-Between

07:00-09:00 Inauspicious
9:00-11:00 Auspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 In-Between

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
21:00-23:00 Auspicious

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
                             —————————————————

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

置問作修
產卜灶廚
Repairing Kitchens
Stove Work
Divinatory Inquiries
Setting-up Production
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Fifiteenth Day (Seventh Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: bingzi (13/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Ghost (23/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Decide (5/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
元中
————
修開嫁祭
倉市娶祀
安動納會
門土采友
安上移出
葬樑徙行
肅始地天 
下俱死鼠
兀將氣口
————
Zhongyuan Festival (Ghost Festival)

Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments
Moving Households
Opening Markets
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Repairing Granaries
Positioning Beds
Positioning Graves

Heaven and Earth Become Severe
(the forty-first of seventy-two five-day micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)
 
Baleful Astral Influences
Rat Mouth
Death Vapor
Everything General
Lower Amputee
Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
Bifurcation
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
碓 灶 廚
Pestle, Stove, Kitchen