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:

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.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cultural and Intellectual History Tweets—The Book of Changes

Click here for the "Cultural and Intellectual History Tweets" Resource Center (all posts available)
Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Cultural and Intellectual History Tweets"
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
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On this Date in Round and Square History
15 May 2013—China's Lunar Calendar 2013 05-15
15 May 2012—Flowers Bloom: Bloom's Emile II
15 May 2011—Hurtin' Country: Between and Old Memory and Me

[a] Literary practice RF
This new Round and Square series gets right to the point...and then starts circuiting around it. We begin with a 140 character tweet about cultural-intellectual history. This is followed by an English-style haiku (with a few liberties taken here and there—hey...English ain't Japanese). We end with a nice recipe. Simple, and to-the-point (except that it really is neither of these...and that is the whole point). Oh, and I still believe in complete sentences and fully-formed wrdz (they can't always be exactly "complete" on Twitter, but, as I like to say, "you can see 'complete' from there." Sorry, but that's the way I roll. 

If the tweet is "informational" (as today), it is "true." The recipe is "real." The haiku is just, well, odd.
[b] Choosing RF

I would tell you more...if I had more than 140 characters with which to work (+ spld thngs fny).

I participated in a "reading session" today with a dozen talented colleagues. We studied the commentaries for two hexagrams—#63 and #64.

Yin, yang, stable, not
Then choosing yarrow stalks
Divination change

After a big afternoon of reading the Book of Changes (and maybe doing a few hexagram choices of your own) you'll be ready for a good ol' Yellow River valley meal. Here's a hearty Henan Chicken Stew that will get you ready to hit the books (and divinatory work) soon.

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