Live & Learn: Perspectives on the Questing Spirit explores the trait that makes our species stand out: a desire to find answers. From the confessions of a professional student to the search for the miraculous, this collection of essays, short stories, poetry, and art wrestle with the question of what brings forth a questing spirit.
This latest Chrysalis Reader looks at how learning and teaching take place, as experienced in, and sometimes in spite of, the classroom. A teacher learns a truth from what becomes for him an absurdity–the assigning of grades. A Midwestern community is forever changed by the courage of one student. A writer learns how to give the perfect dinner party by dining with the John Dos Passos family.
Symbiotic relationships between living and learning take readers on a literary pilgrimage to Virginia Woolf’s neighborhood where, at an abandoned railway station, the significance of a diary entry brings a writer’s past into emotional focus. A humorist examines her disastrous early marriage to a sailor. A professional juggler adroitly handles the theoretical issues of multiple intelligences as played out in the business community.
As with earlier Chrysalis Reader volumes, Live & Learn: Perspectives on the Questing Spirit is a literary smorgasbord, which may present readers with answers to some perennial questions: What aspects of the learning process are universal, and which are individual? How do we foster lifelong learning? Why do we ask “Why”?