Higher Education Webinars
October 26, 2011 - 10:45pm
The funny man* drove down from Chicago last week in a rented jet-black Mustang, looking distinguished and prosperous in his subdued houndstooth jacket, dark jeans, and well-made loafers. It was fitting that the university was the last stop on his 12-city reading tour, since he did his undergraduate degree in English here 20 years ago and at least a couple of his former writing professors would be in the audience.
October 10, 2011 - 11:00pm
Columbus arrived triumphantly here in the Midwest this past week, dressed in his embroidered robes and that pincushion hat thing he wears. At some point he no doubt strode ashore and had some buffalo wings and a Diet Coke at The Loading Dock, where families and bikers were already enjoying the long weekend. But then he's always gotten to the party a little late--about 18,000 years after those who crossed the Bering land bridge into North America, and 500 years after the Norse.
October 5, 2011 - 4:15pm
i suppose in the middle of the road of my life i’ve entered not a dark wood exactly but something like an interstate highway rest area. that may sound cheapened but life is a little diminished in america now where so many are in need they can’t hope to commit the full range of sins to include gluttony/greed and are forced to settle for envy/wrath.
September 13, 2011 - 6:00am
Amateurs, novices, and undergraduates who espouse the aesthetic of the infantile: Everything they make must be regarded as art because it came out of them. As a result, Whoopsies are in favor of shunning craft, history, and labor. But a little pablum would hit the spot.
September 9, 2011 - 3:45am
What can be said? Writer Philip Graham, who recently posted a book review here, has a moving story called "8:46" in Numéro Cinq. Click through to have a look. I find I don't have any more to say than what I wrote here a couple of years ago, which I'll re-post below. *** "Of Teaching Melville on 9/12"
September 6, 2011 - 6:00am
The Army ROTC cadets down by the goalposts didn’t look particularly happy their team was winning. After each conversion they had to jog out in BDU pants, t-shirts, and combat boots, make a formation, drop down, and knock out the number of push-ups in the total score. It didn’t help that the home team was running away with it, so there were many push-ups to do, or that the sun and heat were fierce on game day. One lanky cadet fell behind, and his comrades waited in the Front Leaning Rest until he’d finished pumping out his due.
August 29, 2011 - 2:00pm
The start of classes on this campus means tens of thousands more people in town and much social confusion. Foot, bike, skateboard, scooter, and car traffic is both swarming and disorganized enough to be dangerous. That young driver down from Winnetka has been taught she can’t let pedestrians bluff her; those students talking excitedly as they saunter across the street aren’t about to be intimidated by dad’s Matador Red, two-ton, Lexus SUV. It’s the principle of the thing.
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