would want to be an academic at this point.
But, if that’s too slow, it needs the muscle of the state to get results.
When we discussed Laura Kipnis’s article on “sexual paranoia” in academia here, most thought she was off base. Well, rest assured,
The punk activist scene in DC of the heady 80s and 90s is apparently inspirational to many people today. I was there and I’m still trying to figure it all out. Passing into history is strange.
A note scribbled in the margin of the internet.
The left proves brave enough to question its own assumptions on the issues that truly matter.
Today, Salon is reprinting the piece we ran about universities being run like a business.
Reflecting on four decades of social change and wondering if societies can change their norms without creating new categories of deviants.
Another dispatch on living in a short-term, transient “society”.
Why college tuition costs so much, once again.
Going to grad school?!! Well… we all do crazy things sometimes!
A powerful account of an invasion in Mesopotamia roughly 4,000 years ago that should be read and reflected upon by every invading army today.
An academic friend linked to this article on academic sex codes, which he said is so truthfully written he’s a bit afraid to share it. I’m not. One request though:
Of the other men killing time in the public library along with myself.
A strange and lurid tale from ancient Mesopotamia that ultimately tells us that all men must die.
In the beginning, there was chaos and then there was sex. Then came war.
From Digital Culture & Education: “Fedora Shaming as Discursive Activism“
Canon-blogging starts again with an ancient Sumerian take on the age-old fight between birds and fish. Who will be victorious?!
As Gertrude Stein once told a young writer- Begin again and concentrate.
Rufus looks at the things that lie beneath the surface of images.
A look at Portugal’s national epic and how poets create warriors to supply them with material.
Damn you “comments closed”! Let me now abuse my power to respond to some comments from my Union Rep post.
When a Brooklyn newspaperman met an ultra-nationalist Italian military crusader and made fun of his scalp.
My family consists of working class whites, so of course they always vote for Republicans.
I did my research in France and still have dear friends there, so this picture that un copain forwarded came as no surprise, but was affecting nonetheless:
Notes on Stefan Zweig’s “The Post Office Girl”, assimilation, and shifting fortunes.
Notes on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the passing of a year.
What do we do with vanished past ideas that appeal to us?
Saul DeGraw thinks artists are too stuck in shock for the sake of shock. On the contrary, Jerry Saltz thinks the art world has become too conservative and easily-offended for the sake of taking offense. Who is right? Who will prevail?
An update to that horrific story about the missing student teachers (normalistas) in Iguala, Mexico: the Mayor and his wife have been arrested, the Governor has resigned, a state prosecutor stepped down, a police chief is on the lam,
In the L.A. Times, Professor Rubén Martínez offers a horrific tale from Guerrero State, Mexico, of 43 students disappeared into the abyss via “a thoroughly contaminated state, one in which the narco is the politico is the police is the army” and the protests now raging across the country. I won’t editorialize- words fail. Perhaps…
Today, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo received a military procession and funeral in Hamilton, Ontario. Firsthand impressions from the crowd.
A thought experiment: could we say that this generation embraces the notion that culture workers should not be paid?
Memories of a co-worker with some noxious beliefs.
After he told my great-grandfather about dying on the battlefield, Ernest Hemingway said he’d never write about the war. Fortunately, he soon changed his mind.
If academic freedom is worth protecting for tenured professors, what about for the non-tenured majority now teaching in universities?