Monthly Archives: June 2007

A four-year-old’s photos of iPhone mania

My four-year-old has listened with mild disbelief for a couple of weeks now whenever I’ve mentioned that people would be lining up outside the local Apple store to buy phones.  He’s seen the phones (or, at least the videos and … Continue reading

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Summer’s finally here

My two summer classes end today!  July and August will be the first two months I’ve gone without teaching since 2003.  I scarcely know what to do . . . (Well, Alton Locke is due to Broadview in August, and … Continue reading

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What’s an assignment for?

This year I’ve been experimenting with a variety of digital replacements for my conventional “3 explication papers + one short paper + one medium-length paper” assignment set; for the purposes of this experiment, I’m not requiring formal papers at all.  … Continue reading

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Assessment & Accountability

Over at Academic Commons, my first post is up: It’s about the so-called Voluntary System of Accountability being promulgated by the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges … Continue reading

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New Bookslut post

My weekly post at Blog of a Bookslut is up. Topics include the new book of Guantanamo Bay detainee poems, a new edition of Blake’s illustrations of “Comus,” the “Immanent Willy,” and more.

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Dickens on executive privilege

Good to see some things never change.  This from Dickens’s short sketch, “The Election for the Beadle.”  The captain and the overseer lead opposing factions in the local parish; the overseer represents the vested interests, the captain instinctively opposes them: … Continue reading

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It looks like The Salt-Box is back up and running.  It may take a day or two to get all the tires kicked–esp. w/r/t feeds and archives–but regular blogging will commence immediately.

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