Hometown landscape

I have been watching True Detective season 1.  One of the things I love about the show is how the coastal Louisiana landscape reminds me of the area I grew up in, in Michigan.  Very flat, swampy, industrial, green, humid.  M-13 runs past the southern outskirts of the east bank of Bay City, a stretch […]

The sanctimony of MEDLIB-L

There’s a prim sanctimoniousness which regularly surfaces on MEDLIB-L, like in the overreaction to today’s thread “For fun… grossest or most disturbing search you’ve ever done?”  It’s one of my major peeves about this list.  Spend 10 minutes on reddit or 4chan, folks.

The Professional 5-Year Plan

I am a devout reader of Dr. Karen Kelsky’s blog The Professor is In (which I’ll take the liberty of abbreviating to TP).  TP focuses on career advising for people in the academic and, especially, those in or considering post-academic careers, i.e. getting off the tenure-track hamster wheel.   I am not in a doctoral program, nor […]

TNC on resegregation

In a discussion of how Tuscaloosa, Alabama, “effectively resegregated its schools,” Ta-Nehisi Coates continues to build on his case for racial pessimism: Ending white supremacy isn’t really in the American vocabulary. That is because ending white supremacy does not merely require a passive sense that racism is awful, but an active commitment to undoing its generational effects. Ending white […]

Camille Paglia, Opinion Columnist

As a libertarian, I support the decriminalization of marijuana, but there are many problems with pot. From my observation, pot may be great for jazz musicians and Beat poets, but it saps energy and will-power and can produce physiological feminization in men. Paglia’s prose is as delightfully purple as always. That a white-bread outlet like […]

“Chait v. Coates”

I am a few weeks late to this party, but I really enjoyed the liberal-on-liberal violence between 2 of my favorites, Jon Chait & Ta-Nehisi Coates.  To quote Gawker, “they’ve thrown some damn good shade at each other.” As Chait wrote in one of the early salvos: The relationship between culture and poverty starkly divides not just liberals […]

Euthanasia: euphemism?

Tonight I had my dog euthanized.  He was paraplegic and almost totally incontinent, and it was getting pretty miserable for us both.  In theory I could have done more — called around to see if there were rescues willing to take in a VERY special-needs dog — but I was already his third home, he […]