I’m swamped today, but I’ve got some links I thought I’d save for later: Nature of glass. A review of The War of the World. Emily Dickenson as a post 9/11 poet. Tracing Human Migration. The next Renniasance. A History of Hooch (good title) A review of Zizek’s latest. The Science of Satire. Keep in […]

Required Reading

This peice by Kurt Vonnegut is required reading for my students in intro to college composition.  Good advice all round.

Bush as Batman?

[After reading back through this I realize I should warn that there are spoilers here.  Beware.] Andrew Klavan would have us believe that G.W. Bush is Batman.  To be more fair he’s drawing a comparison, but for some reason I just keep having visions of Robot Chicken’s version of Bush running around in a bat […]

Memorable reporting

Because I’m so likely to forget this later when it’s important I wanted to jot down a passage from Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: “The swordswoman and I are not so dissimilar. May my people understand the resemblance soon so that I can return to them.  What we have in common are the words […]

An interesting piece on Barack Obama’s rhetoric.  I think what’s disturbing isn’t the elevated rhetoric of his speeches, but the fact that we now consider them elevated thanks to our lower standards. I’ve been estimating my carbon footprint.  I’m better than the average, but not as good as I should be. I have more to […]