by | 12.16.2010
I'd like to point my loyal readers to the amazing introduction Charlie Kaufman wrote for Synecdoche, New York: The Shooting Script, which is available over at The Rumpus.
by | 12.15.2010
In "Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science" (Atlantic Monthly, October 2010), David H. Freedman takes jabs at what he describes as the scientific fallacy behind most medical research.
by | 12.14.2010
News flashed the other day the death of Russian poet Bella Akhmadulina at the age of seventy-three.
by | 12.13.2010
I have to finish my lab report! In the last week, I’ve come to love this genre. It’s built to describe surprising discoveries, and O’Hara was all about making “a poem a surprise!” (“Today”).
by | 12.11.2010
In my last post I argued that hyperobjects are nonlocal. Now I'm going to argue that they are temporally foreshortened, or to use a more vivid term, squishy.
by | 12.10.2010
There is much talk about the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Opinions are divided and some politicians even go so far to suggest calling him a ‘terrorist”. In his recent interview with Time when asked if he considered himself practicing civil disobedience, he has said that he is practicing civil obedience.
by | 12.09.2010
It is the time of the year when students from Asia are applying to universities in the US. More and more ambitious young people from the East are looking to American education and culture, nurturing dreams for a bright future.
by | 12.08.2010
Hagiography is a lot easier when the saint has had the sense to shut up. William of Malmesbury’s book on the life and miracles of St Aldhelm was held back by two things: not enough written about the saint, and too much written by him. William’s problem wasn’t the quantity of Aldhelm’s writings so much as their style, although he made a valiant attempt to defend it.