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January 28, 2010 - 9:29pm
A short story can never be too rich or too thin. J.D. Salinger's A Perfect Day for Bananafish - its three tight-fitted scenes packed with sentiment and suggestion - is the Babe Paley of short stories.It's effortlessly, agelessly elegant. You pay a visit to Bananafish after being away from it for twenty years, and the way it puts its sweetness, hilarity, and horror together still feels like the latest thing.
January 27, 2010 - 9:32pm
A new correspondent writes:I have a dilemma. I currently writing my thesis for a MS degree (industrial management). My committee has the rough draft to evaluate. Expected graduation was the end of this spring but summer or fall is a becoming more realistic. I intend to go on for a PhD (Business Administration w/ a operations/technology management specialization), and then pursue a academic career (teaching and/or administrative). I am considering pursuing a second masters degree (MBA) with a dual specialization before the PhD. Why a second masters?
January 27, 2010 - 8:57pm
The risk of the iPad for higher education is that the device will prove a "sustaining innovation" in learning technology.
January 27, 2010 - 8:46pm
It’s a humbling experience when you realize that, yes indeed, you are one of those over-educated Americans who can be taken in by an email that asks you for credit card information or by a telemarketing voice that promises to lower your interest rates if you will just provide them with your card number and zip code.
January 27, 2010 - 8:17pm
No, I'm not concerned with what will be (by the time you read this) last night's State of the Union address. I've seen and heard too many of those over the years to have any doubt that the state of our union will be declared to be strong. Realities notwithstanding.
January 27, 2010 - 7:24pm
When explaining how to prepare adequately for creative writing workshops, I ask new classes to take their peers’ work home and read it more than once, to make generous line annotations, and to write one-page letters on the back for more global concerns. All this is prelude to the verbal discussions that will take place when we reconvene for workshop.
January 27, 2010 - 4:33pm
Take a balloon, a perfectly ordinary-looking blue balloon, pour dry ice over it, hey presto, it deflates, then remove it from the dish and, voila!, it re-inflates.… Thus did PTJ yesterday present an experiment and, although he didn’t identify it as such, Boyle’s law, I seem to half-remember, is proven. For proof of a half-remembered proof, or proof, at least, that my memory still works, I head, where else, to Wikipedia!
January 27, 2010 - 12:02pm
I snow-balled a meltdown as I hurrumphed around this evening, distressed at the resistance of my family to help out with dinner and other immediate chores. In fact, for the last several days, maybe a week, our household has been edgy and uncomfortable; tonight things fell apart very easily. My husband glued himself to his computer shortly after walking in the door.
January 27, 2010 - 4:08am
Like so many other public colleges, mine is reducing personnel to match reduced budgets. (To its credit, it isn't reducing faculty.) That means that I've been absorbed in some Very Unbloggable Conversations over the last couple of weeks. It also means that I've seen the return of the space invaders.
January 26, 2010 - 9:07pm
Nicholas Carr writes that he "… feel(s) sorry for the kids at Cushing Academy." Cushing is the New England prep school that is substituting digital for print in its school library. In an open letter Cushing parents, alumni, and friends, Headmaster James Tracy writes:


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