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March 27, 2008
... is that you do talk about Scrap Club.
March 27, 2008
"Proles," explains Paul Fussell in his book Class, "like to use words that normally appear only in newspapers. They don't realize that no one calls the Pope the pontiff except in pretentious journalese, or a senator a lawmaker, or the United States the nation, or a scholar an educator .
March 26, 2008
An alert reader sent me a link to these articles in the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, detailing the goings-on in the Presidential searchat Monroe Community College.I've seen a lot, but this is impressive.
March 26, 2008
One of the added benefits (for me, anyway) of revealing my real name is being able to share other published work. I'm having a good year so far, with short stories and essays forthcoming in War, Literature & the Arts; Perigee; Monkey Bicycle; Juked, and elsewhere. I'll link as they come available, for those who might be interested.
March 25, 2008
Every election year, we start to get proposals for various national service programs as ways to pay for college. The basic idea, though the details always vary, is that graduating high school seniors will work for the government for a year or two in a sort of domestic peace corps arrangement, doing fine and worthy things while accruing voucher credits to be used for college tuition.
March 25, 2008
First the announcement: the RSS feed is fixed. Those of you who aren't into RSS don't care, but some of the rest may find their life now easier (or at least more automatic).Now the accounting:The Chronicle has published a searchable database of this year's Congressional earmarks to colleges and universities. Their accompanying article speaks of 2300+projects, 920 institutions, and $2.25 billion.
March 24, 2008
An alert reader sent me a link to this article in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Apparently, Kentucky passed some 'reforms' about ten years ago to increase the number of students who transfer from community colleges to the state's four-year schools, hoping to increase the education level of the workforce relatively cheaply.
March 23, 2008
As an academic on a national job search, I read Richard Florida's latest, Who's Your City?, with mixed emotions.
AOL
March 21, 2008
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed byaccess, craving hysterical nakeddragging themselves through wired rooms at dawnlooking at an angry prof,webheaded hipsters surfing for the ancient heavenly connection to slutty dynamos in the machin-ery of screenswho student loans and ramen soup and high satup clicking in the supernatural darkness of powerpoints floating across the tops of headscontemplating tits and ass,
March 21, 2008
We’re finishing our spring break with a couple of days at the Hyatt on the Chicago River, and this view out our window yesterday made me think of the second half of Sandburg’s “The Harbor”:

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