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My Favorite Internets Reading Right Now

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 19, 2010 - 12:48pm

If you haven't been reading Robert Paul Wolff's memoirs, they are pretty amazing (but go back to the beginning). Struck again how vicious philosophers are (even compared to LitCrits). And why DID everyone hate McKeon so much?


I love reading lists

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 18, 2010 - 7:18pm

Eric Rauchway's reading list for the core graduate course in historiography at UC-Davis.


Does Teaching Matter at Research Universities?

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 18, 2010 - 6:19pm

Crooked Timber continues a discussion that started on Brian Leiter's blog. Thoughts?


Job Market

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 11, 2010 - 9:34pm

Two thoughts:

1. Why will the MLA issue so many reports on poor placement of PhDs yet do nothing about it?

2. Why will the MLA not differentiate "rhetoric" from literature and linguistics when releasing these statistics?

Bill Eadie, at one point, used to keep job stats in Comm of a limited scope. I wonder if those numbers are still available?

From ADE Bulletin:


IHE, are you only provocateur?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 7, 2010 - 8:21am

Today, at Inside Higher Ed, we find:

Context: The last week has seen a stream of email messages of congratulations to the University of Central Florida, where a Department of Writing and Rhetoric has been created and puffy public relations documents calling it a "model" for national innovation have been shared. It looks, to me, like a pulling together of some old ideas (WAC, teaching faculty, and independence from lit studies) in a new configuration, but it is nonetheless notable.



Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 5, 2010 - 1:35am

To the left is a CFP for an anthology about Dr. Who which I post not only because I am a geek but also because the editors prefer contributors fluent in more than one language. The idea is to trace the reception of the Dr. Who text into other cultures, an act that requires that you speak both English and the reception language.


"The History Teacher"

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 4, 2010 - 11:40pm

The History Teacher - Billy Collins

Trying to protect his students' innocence
he told them the Ice Age was really just
the Chilly Age, a period of a million years
when everyone had to wear sweaters.

And the Stone Age became the Gravel Age,
named after the long driveways of the time.

The Spanish Inquisition was nothing more
than an outbreak of questions such as
"How far is it from here to Madrid?"
"What do you call the matador's hat?"

The War of the Roses took place in a garden,
and the Enola Gay dropped one tiny atom on Japan.

The children would leave his classroom


AP and English/Writing?

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 4, 2010 - 12:31pm

I confess I've never quite understood the Advanced Placement program. I graduated from a fairly small high school in northern Minnesota that had no AP courses, and during my freshman year I often wondered if I had somehow lost out on the life-chances-lottery that favors graduates of wealthy suburban school districts. I soon realized that I was able to succeed, probably because of good high school English and, especially, Speech teachers.