Monthly Archives: May 2008

An interview with Tao Lin

It’s not often I get to play the straight man in interviews, but this week is an exception.  I interviewed Tao Lin about his new book of poems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, for Bookslut, and the results were characteristic: Who do you … Continue reading

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Spam vs. my career

A few months ago I mentioned that my school’s spam filter was catching e-mails related to my Bookslut interviews & the PsychoSlut column, because of the “sexual nature” of the messages. I’ll need to start checking my folder more rigorously, … Continue reading

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A Dickensian bachelor party . . .

. . . in the new Achewood.  “The Ghost of Freefallin’ Personal Standards Yet to Come” — love it. Chris Onstad is a genius. I wonder if this strip would work as part of my mini-collection of Dickensian stuff (cigarette … Continue reading

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Victorian smackdown: Dickens v. Hans Christian Andersen

In 1857, Hans Christian Andersen was invited to stay at Gad’s Hill for 2 weeks with Dickens and his family.  He stayed five.  Apparently, Andersen never had a grandmother teach him that “fish and guests stink after 3 days.”   Dickensian … Continue reading

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Is this wisdom?

This morning, the most e-mailed story on NYTimes.com is Sara Reistad-Long’s “Older Brain May Really Be a Wiser Brain,” which argues that so-called “senior moments” are not a sign of deterioration, but rather the marker of a mature brain’s command … Continue reading

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Transparency & urban planning

Anyone who’s been to downtown New Britain knows that it needs development badly. (And replacing Famous Dave’s with a Denny’s isn’t a step in the right direction.)  But today’s report in the Herald is a little worrisome: But there were … Continue reading

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Grading . . . or the hardcore realism of Friends

I think everyone who’s ever seen Friends will agree that Ross Geller’s academic career is depicted with scrupulous accuracy. His career path from adjunct instructor, to keynote speaker at prestigious conferences, to tenure at NYU (without ever spending time on … Continue reading

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Our glorious steampunk present

It’s no penis pump, but this “Victorian-age video phone” is still pretty cool: As the first splinters of sunlight spread their warmth upon the South Bank of the River Thames this morning, it became clear that after more than a … Continue reading

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Oi! Stop complaining about student writing

[I had written this for our campus listserv, but a configuration problem rejected it. Then, I thought better of it, and decided that it would make a better blog post. The context is the semi-annual complaining about student writing that … Continue reading

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5th birthday playlist

For the boy’s birthdays, we provide in the goody bags mix cds of his favorite songs.  Here’s the playlist for today’s party: 1. The Hold Steady, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” 2. Everclear, “Speed Racer” 3. Beefy, “I’m … Continue reading

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