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The Unconsciousness of Influence

One of the two best college teachers I ever knew—an older Ph.D. candidate who became an adjunct himself here for...

Ask the Administrator: Are Your Alums Good Enough to Teach for You?

A new correspondent writes: I'm a sophomore at a snooty-but-trying-not-to-be Private Liberal Arts College who has recently discovered your blog...

An Open Letter to Mayor Richard M. Daley

Dear Mayor Daley, I've seen some idiotic pronouncements over the years. “The insurgency is in its last throes,” “The Segway...

Ph.D.'s at CC's

An alert reader noticed my passing comment in a post last week and wrote to ask why I would support...

Another Sign of the Apocalypse

One of the drawbacks of writing with a pen name is the restriction it places on topics. I can’t tell...

Taxing the Sports Factory

Since at least the early 20th century, it has been fashionable to attack college athletics as distorting the priorities of...

Ginsberg Again

Brown University student, 2007: '...so as to end up flaccid, immobile , alone on the carpet of a dorm room...

Looking the Part

There's an eyebrow-raising discussion over at New Kid's, in response to a first person piece in the Chronicle . I...