Tag Archives: Montaigne

Getting the Best Out of People: Freedom v. Control

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Seth Roberts, formerly of Berkeley and now professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, decided to stop grading his students. He writes: The more freedom I gave my students, the more difficult it became to grade them. At … Continue reading

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Montaigne: Patron Saint of UR, Godfather of Blogging

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As these two posts alluded to, I just finished reading Sarah Bakewell’s excellent biography of the French writer Michel de Montaigne.

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More Evidence Montaigne Would Fit In Here

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “Of all famous warriors, Montaigne most admired the Theban general Epaminondas, who was known for his ability to keepĀ furor in check: once, in mid-battle and ‘terrible with blood and iron,’ Epaminondas found himself face to face with … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “I leaf through now one book, now another, without order and without a plan, by disconnected fragments…If I encounter difficulties in reading, I do not gnaw my nails over them; I leave them there. I do nothing … Continue reading

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