University Diaries

University Diaries

A professor of English describes American university life.

January 3, 2008 - 12:50pm
As UD prepares to go to Nashville to blog the annual meeting of the NCAA for Inside Higher Ed (her posts from there will all be here, at her IHE University Diaries blog), she studies every worthwhile source she can find on the phenomenon of college football. She wants to understand. She wants to know as intimately as she can the history and significance of this overwhelming feature of American culture and American universities.
December 27, 2007 - 7:12pm
I'm in Poland, in freezing Krakow, a city marvelous enough to overcome even shitty weather. The old town's full of twisty streets and aromatic cafes, and UD's happy. Though cold.
December 17, 2007 - 11:57am
It's specious, writes Philip Larkin in his fear-of-death poem, Aubade, for philosophers to tell us that No rational being Can fear a thing it will not feel, not seeing that That this is what we fear: no sight, no sound, No touch or taste or smell, nothing to think with...
December 6, 2007 - 1:01pm
"I go back to professional baseball and Alex Rodriguez making $25 million a year. Or to Julia Roberts and $20 million for one movie. Are those people worth it? Of course not. But if that's what the marketplace is and enough people are willing to watch Alex play or Julia Roberts in a movie, they have a right to get that."
November 29, 2007 - 4:11pm
Norman Mailer has won England's annual Bad Sex Award, posthumously, for a passage in one of his last novels. Here's part of the winning passage:
November 22, 2007 - 10:02pm
Professor Thomas Doherty of Brandeis University will be in UD's Thanksgiving prayers today. Most Americans can't stand professors -- they've got their reasons -- but Doherty is why they should reconsider.
November 17, 2007 - 4:57am
The spate of fake hate crimes at America's universities makes going after these people and punishing them crucial. Truly malicious sorts, observing the big-time response of schools and media to nasty symbols and speech, are increasingly staging their own victimization.
November 12, 2007 - 11:33am
Norman Mailer's death has brought out the bow ties, the tightly-wound and the closely-cropped, for whom the only noteworthy thing about Norm was that he was abnorm.
November 6, 2007 - 4:58am
When, in 2004, UD started blogging at her flagship campus, University Diaries I, she was amazed at the story of Kerri Dunn, a visiting psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College who earned her own Wikipedia page, a year in prison, and a $20,000 fine for covering her car with gruesome symbols, including a swastika, and then claiming to have been the victim of a hate crime.
October 31, 2007 - 6:31pm
...and, as an arty type, I've got my bag of treats for the night: The Day of the Dead passages in Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano; Richard Wilbur's poem, "In the Elegy Season"...

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