Monthly Archives: November 2011

Gratuitous post about zombies

My mom, sister, and I recently had a chance to visit the all-new, totally beautiful Poetry Foundation. The story of the funding for building is actually quite amusing. One Ruth Lilly, aspiring poet, frequently submitted her work to the Poetry … Continue reading

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What ARE you going to do with that?

If you want to consider prospects for Real Life after graduate school/work–and who doesn’t enjoy an uplifting topic such as that?–here are some links: – You can find eloquently expressed suggestions to escape the mundane. – Enjoy this fine forum … Continue reading

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Bruce Lee & Pierre Burton: A Friendship to the End

This is one friendship that I did not invent from my own study-addled brain. It is also derived from a rather long (by 2011 standards) interview that I have yet to watch, but it seems like it could be quite … Continue reading

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The Vikings & Led Zeppelin: A Friendship to the End

Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” includes the following lyrics: We come from the land of the ice and snow, From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow. The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands, To … Continue reading

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Seriously?

Got a letter from the City of Urbana the other day. It read, in part: This letter was prepared to inform the public of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government…. The views and opinions of the … Continue reading

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Education or Bust?

The RSAnimate video by Ken Robinson has been making the rounds of the Internet (and my email outbox), but I’d like to share it with you here because it is nothing short of amazing. Its profound message is only enhanced … Continue reading

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Write right, all right?

It is prudent to write correctly, or face the continued degeneration of society, as George Orwell warned in 1946. I wonder how he would feel about the comments sections, ask Yahoo queries, and forum posts on much of the Internet, … Continue reading

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Axis of Awesome & Theodor Adorno: A Friendship to the End

This is the second in what may rapidly become a series of imagined friendships linking contemporary entertainers with scholarship from the academy. In other words, you can scroll to the bottom for a YouTube video. The subtitle, “A Friendship to … Continue reading

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