March 03, 2010

Rhetorical Autognosis

The way I usually prepare for a lecture or a seminar is to spend a couple of hours pouring over my notes and references, writing and re-writing a few pages of arcane formulas, until I have the whole thing crammed into my head. When I actually speak I don't look at the notes at all. Fifteen minutes after I'm done speaking, I retain only the haziest outline of anything.

Which is to say, having finally realized that I've unconsciously modeled the way I teach and give talks on the magicians in Jack Vance, I really need to come up with better titles.


Posted at March 03, 2010 10:15 | permanent link

Three-Toed Sloth