Gerry Canavan

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Thursday Links!

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* A reminder: Marquette English has three open TT positions this year, two in rhet-comp and one in transatlantic Anglophone. The deadline is October 28.

If I were going to encourage you to take any one class simply because it’s good for the freshman soul, I would say this: Take some introductory literature class that forces you to memorize poems, heaps and gobs and mounds of poems, old poems.

* Jameson on time travel in the LRB.

* AAUP v. LSU.

* Leftist academics need to understand they are embattled both as leftists and as academics.

This afternoon at two o’clock the New York State Attorney General will announce the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Committee to Save Cooper Union, a group of activist students, faculty, and alumni against the Cooper Union trustees. The settlement will impose various reforms to Cooper Union governance, establish an independent financial monitor for the college, and begin the slow, difficult process of re-establishing Cooper Union as a free, healthy institution. Incredible turn of events. The tragedy of Cooper Union.

* A Proposed Heuristic for Academic Budgeting Decisions.

NY Fed Study Should Redefine How We Think About Student Loans and College Costs.

“Thanks, UCF, for having lecture-capture courses so I don’t have to go to class ever.”

A former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server tried this week to fend off a subpoena to testify before Congress, saying he would assert his constitutional right not to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself. I continue to think Democrats are completely in denial about how bad this story could get.

Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston. Earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle. Deadly epidemics. Meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night.

The Moral Panic Over Sexting. Today’s obscenity.

The Accreditation Wars: Where are the Faculty?

* Some rules for teachers.

* Films for the feminist classroom.

The proportion of people with intellectual disability who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the proportion with recorded mental illness. Antipsychotics are often prescribed to people without recorded severe mental illness but who have a record of challenging behaviour. The findings suggest that changes are needed in the prescribing of psychotropics for people with intellectual disability.

Boom shakalaka! Read an interview with the NBA Jam voiceover artist.

* Concrete Action, the Wikileaks for architects.

* I’ll take three.

* Yahoo has added commentary tracks from Dan Harmon to its Community episodes.

* Harvard will let students select their own pronouns.

Iceland Caps Syrian Refugees at 50; More Than 10,000 People Respond With Support for Syrian Refugees.

* American Chess May Finally Emerge From The Shadow Of Bobby Fischer.

Meet the Twitter Bot Generating Unnervingly Plausible Think Pieces.

* Another Colbert profile.

California Uber Drivers Can Proceed With Their Class Action.

* Wow, finally: Octavia Butler’s Dawn is allegedly being developed for TV.

* Goonies forever.

* Piggy, Kermit, and domestic violence. Next up: why Elmer Fudd hunting animals out of season is actually no laughing matter…

Tuesday Night Links!

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* In case you missed it, last night I put up my syllabi for the fall, on J.R.R. Tolkien and American Literature after the American Century.

* Mark your calendars, East Coasters: Jaimee Hills reads from her award-winning book How to Avoid Speaking at the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC on October 26. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that preorders are available now at Amazon and Waywiser Press.

* The world’s most popular academic article: “Fuck Nuance.”

That is the kudzu of nuance. It makes us shy away from the riskier aspects of abstraction and theory-building generally, especially if it is the rst and most frequent response we hear. Instead of pushing some abstraction or argument along for a while to see where it goes, there is a tendency to start hedging theory with particulars. People complain that you’re leaving some level or dimension out, and tell you to bring it back in. Crucially, “accounting for”, “addressing”, or “dealing” with the missing item is an unconstrained process. at is, the question is not how a theory can handle this or that issue internally, but rather the suggestion to expand it with this new term or terms. Class, Institutions, Emotions, Structure, Culture, Interaction—all of them are taken generically to “matter”, and you must acknowledge that they matter by incorporating them. Incorporation is the reintroduction of particularizing elements, even though those particulars were what you had to throw away in order to make your concept a theoretically useful abstraction in the first place.

See also: nuance trolling as academic filibuster.

* More ACLA CFPs: Utopia Renewed: Locating a New Utopian Praxis. Innovation, Creativity, and Capitalist Culture.

* Trying to figure out what percentage of instructors are adjuncts is the world’s most dangerous game.

But Thrun and other MOOC founders seem less than concerned about living up to their earlier, lofty rhetoric or continuing that tradition of bringing education to an underserved population. True, they haven’t entirely abandoned their rhetoric about equal access to educational opportunities. But they’ve shifted to what’s becoming a more familiar Silicon Valley narrative about the future of employability: a cheap and precarious labor force. That’s the unfortunate reality of “Uber for Education.”

* Artisanal college. Cruelty free, cage free, farm-fresh.

Aggrieved students find books dangerous; neoliberal administrators say they’re useless. I’d take the former any day.

From Corporate Leader to Flagship President?

Reform Higher Ed? Treat Badmin Like Bankers.

Literary magazines for socialists funded by the CIA, ranked.

* The strategic value of summer.

* Forty years of Born to Run. But you don’t have to take my word for it.

* Fun Home at Duke: 1, 2.

* Meanwhile, in today’s exciting new anti-academic moral panic: UNC’s The Literature of 9/11.

As Murray Pomerance points out, plagiarism is a form of theft, and we don’t steal our own work. On the contrary, we expand its reach, and build on it, thereby making it more relevant as the contexts that produce it change.

UT Knoxville encourages students to use ‘gender-neutral pronouns.’ Washington State University disavows syllabus with ban on certain words.

The Largest-Ever U.S. Gallery Of Jack Kirby’s Comic Art Heads To California.

* And no one talks about it: Barack Obama will leave his party in its worst shape since the Great Depression—even if Hillary wins. More here. I’m an outlier on the progressive side of the fence insofar as I think Clinton might really have to pull out of the race over the emails — so it’s even worse than it seems.

* The cartoon bodies of Mad Max: Fury Road.

How Many Men Did The Golden Girls Sleep With, Exactly?

* The FBI’s surveillance of Ray Bradbury. And the Sad Puppies.

Cold Opening: The Publicity Campaign for Go Set a Watchman.

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina serves as a reminder that resilience is a function of the strength of a community. Gentrification’s Ground Zero: In the ten years since Katrina, New Orleans has been remade into a neoliberal playground for young entrepreneurs. The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover.

* Incredible essay by Lili Loofbourrow on her sister’s death by suicide this summer.

* Psychology is bunk.

Žižek Says Thing.

* Against the Anthropocene.

* Whatever happened to DC Comics?

* Being Stephen Colbert.

* The free encyclopedia anyone can edit.

* Tinder as video game.

* Another Samuel Delany interview.

Janelle Monáe Vows To ‘Speak Up’ On #BlackLivesMatter.

* I love dumb stuff like this, when the corrupt screw up and lose: Business owners try to remove all voters from business district, but they forgot one college student.

Cancer cells programmed back to normal by US scientists.

British Library declines Taliban archive over terror law fears.

Upstate New York Secessionists Demand Freedom From City They Mooch Off Of.

* I told you that if there were something beyond the grave, I would contact you.

* RIP, Oliver Sacks.

* Inside Wisconsin’s Slender Man stabbing.

* I confess I am totally stunned by the Jared Fogle case. I thought I was cynical enough.

* The arc of history is long, but at least that Coach reboot has already been cancelled.

* The Racial Politics of Disney Animals.

* Mars by 2039?

* Renaming Denali.

* Why Dolphins Are Deep Thinkers.

Fall In Love with Your Job, Get Ripped Off by Your Boss. Related: workers shouldn’t work for free.

Firstborn Girls Are the Best at Life. Any Zoey could have told you that!

* The law, in its majestic equality, allows rich and poor alike not to clean up their billion-dollar toxic oil spills.

* The New Servility.

* Militarized drones are now legal in North Dakota.

Future Jails May Look and Function More Like Colleges. And, you know, vice versa…

* Never say “unfilmable”: The BBC is going to try to make a show out of The City and the City.

* Declare victory and go home to your panic room: America Has Lost The War Against Guns.

* And some things mankind was just never meant to know: See how easily a rat can wriggle up your toilet.

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Fall Syllabus #2: Grad Seminar, “American Literature after the American Century”!

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I’m really excited about this one, too! This should be a great semester. I owe some thanks to Jodi Melamed and Priscilla Wald for this one.

GENERAL COURSE PLAN

WEEK 1: AMERICAN LITERATURE AFTER THE AMERICAN CENTURY

WEEK 2-4: CANONS AND TRIGGER WARNINGS: LOLITA

WEEK 4-6: POPULAR CULTURE(S): THE BODY SNATCHERS

WEEK 6-8: THEORIES AND IDENTITIES: DAWN

WEEK 8-9: POSTMODERNISM AND CONSUMER CULTURE: DAVID FOSTER WALLACE

WEEK 10-11: NATIONALISMS AND TRANSNATIONALISMS: TROPIC OF ORANGE

WEEK 11-12: ECOCRITICISM IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES

WEEK 13: AMERICAN LITERATURE AFTER EVERTHING

WEEK 14-15: CLASS SYMPOSIUM

DAY-BY-DAY SCHEDULE

M Aug. 31 FIRST DAY OF CLASS

Henry Luce, “The American Century” [D2L]

W Sep. 2 American Literature after the American Century

Henry A. Giroux, “Public Intellectuals against the Neoliberal University” [Web]

Michael Bérubé, “American Studies without Exceptions” [D2L]

     
M Sep. 7 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY—NO CLASS
W Sep. 9 Canons and Trigger Warnings

Lolita, Foreword and Part One

M Sep. 14 Lolita, Part Two (first half)
W Sep. 16 Lolita (whole book including afterword)
M Sep. 21 Jay Caspian King, “Trigger Warnings and the Novelist’s Mind” [newyorker.com]

Malcolm Harris, “Western Canon, Meet Trigger Warning” [aljazeera.com]

Ira Wells, “Forgetting Lolita: How Nabokov’s Victim Became an American Fantasy” [newrepublic.com]

“A Portrait of the Young Girl: On the 60th Anniversary of Lolita” [Los Angeles Review of Books]

W Sep. 23 Popular Culture(s)

Fredric Jameson, “Reification and Utopia in Mass Culture”

 
M Sep. 28 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (whole book)
W Sep. 30 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (whole book)

Susan Sontag, “The Imagination of Disaster” [D2L]

Fredric Jameson, “Metacommentary” [D2L]

M Oct. 5 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 film)

Erika Nelson, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Gender and Sexuality in Four Film Adaptations” [D2L]

Marty Roth, “Twice Two: The Fly and Invasion of the Body Snatchers” [D2L]

W Oct. 7 Theories and Identities

Octavia E. Butler, Dawn (first half)

M Oct. 12 Octavia E. Butler, Dawn (second half)
W Oct. 14 Octavia Butler, Adulthood Rites (excerpts) [D2L]

Donna Haraway, “The Cyborg Manifesto” [D2L]

Donna Haraway, Primate Visions [excerpt] [D2L]

M Oct. 19 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” [D2L]
W Oct. 21 Postmodernism and Consumer Culture

David Foster Wallace, “Octet”

David Foster Wallace, “The Depressed Person”

M Oct. 26 CONFERENCES—NO CLASS
W Oct. 28 David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”

Fredric Jameson, “Postmodernism and Consumer Society”

M Nov. 2 Nationalism and Transnationalism

Tropic of Orange (first half)

FINAL PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE

W Nov. 4 Tropic of Orange (second half)
M Nov. 9 Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands [excerpts] [D2L]

Junot Díaz, “Monstro” [D2L]

W Nov. 11 Ecocriticism in the Anthropocene

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (first half)

M Nov. 16 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (second half)
W Nov. 18 Dipesh Chakrabarty, “The Climate of History” [D2L]

McKenzie Wark, “Critical Theory after the Anthropocene” [D2L]

M Nov. 23 American Literature after Everything

Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History” [D2L]

Giorgio Agamben, “What Is The Contemporary?” [D2L]

Natalia Cecire, “Humanities Scholarship Is Incredibly Relevant, and That Makes People Sad” [Web]

 
W Nov. 25 THANKSGIVING—NO CLASS
M Nov. 30 Syllabus Workshop

GROUP SYLLABUSES DUE

W Dec. 2 Class Symposium (day one)
M Dec. 7 Class Symposium (day two)
W Dec. 9 Class Symposium (day three)
F Dec. 18 FINAL PAPERS DUE BY 10 AM

Fall Syllabus #1: J.R.R. Tolkien!

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I’m really excited about this one. Here’s the day-by-day schedule…

Big thanks to Ben Robertson, Robert Tally, and Tim McMahon for sharing their Tolkien syllabus, and to Brian Kenna for talking a few things through with me when I needed it.

GENERAL COURSE PLAN

WEEKS 1-2: TOLKIEN’S CREATIVE PROJECT

WEEKS 3-4: THE HOBBIT

WEEKS 5-7: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

WEEKS 8-10: THE TWO TOWERS

WEEKS 11-13: THE RETURN OF THE KING

WEEKS 14-15: THE SILMARILLION 

DAY-BY-DAY SCHEDULE

M Aug. 31 FIRST DAY OF CLASS
W Sep. 2 “On Fairy Stories” [D2L]
F Sep. 4 “Leaf by Niggle” [D2L]
M Sep. 7 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY—NO CLASS
W Sep. 9 Brian Attebery, “Is Fantasy Literature? Tolkien and the Theorists”
F Sep. 11 Guest lecturer Brian Kenna on Tolkien’s biography and war service
M Sep. 14 The Hobbit, chapters 1-4
W Sep. 16 The Hobbit, chapters 5-6

original “Riddles in the Dark” chapter (D2L)

F Sep. 18 The Hobbit, chapters 7-9
M Sep. 21 The Hobbit, chapters 10-14
W Sep. 23 The Hobbit, chapters 15-19
F Sep. 25 The Hobbit (whole book, plus film adaptations)
M Sep. 28 The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, foreword, prologue, and chapters 1-3
W Sep. 30 The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, chapters 4-7
F Oct. 2 Tom Bombadil

The Encyclopedia of Arda: “Tom Bombadil” [Web]

Lord of the Rings Wiki: “Theories about Tom Bombadil” and linked pages [Web]

M Oct. 5 The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, chapters 8-12

FINAL PAPER GUIDELINES DISTRIBUTED

W Oct. 7 Library Day #1—Meet at Raynor Library
F Oct. 9 The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, chapters 1-5
M Oct. 12 The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, chapters 6-8
W Oct. 14 Galadriel

Unfinished Tales: “The History of Galadriel and Celeborn” [D2L]

Robert Tally, “Galadriel, Witch-Queen of Lórien” [Web]

F Oct. 16 The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, chapters 9-10
M Oct. 19 The Two Towers, Book Three, chapters 1-4
W Oct. 21 The Two Towers, Book Three, chapters 5-7
F Oct. 24 MIDTERM BREAK
     
M Oct. 26 CONFERENCES—NO CLASS
W Oct. 28 The Two Towers, Book Three, chapters 8-11

Robert Tally, “Song of Saruman” [Web]

F Oct. 30 The Two Towers, Book Four, chapters 1-4
M Nov. 2 The Two Towers, Book Four, chapters 5-10
W Nov. 4 Orcs

Robert Tally, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Orcs” [D2L]

Richard K. Morgan, “The Real Fantastic Stuff” [Web]

N.K. Jemisin, “The Unbearable Baggage of Orcing” [Web]

F Nov. 6 Library Day #2—Meet at Raynor Library
M Nov. 9 The Return of the King, Book Five, chapters 1-6
W Nov. 11 The Return of the King, Book Five, chapters 7-10
F Nov. 13 CONFERENCES—NO CLASS

POST FINAL PAPER PROSPECTUS ON D2L AND COMMENT ON AT LEAST TWO OTHER STUDENTS’ PROSPECTUSES

M Nov. 16 The Return of the King, Book Six, chapters 1-3

Sean Crist, “Could the Eagles Have Flown Frodo into Mordor?” and responses

W Nov. 18 The Return of the King, Book Six, chapters 4-7
F Nov. 20 The Return of the King, Book Six, chapters 8-9
M Nov. 23 The Return of the King, appendices

J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Epilogue” [D2L]

J.R.R. Tolkien, “The New Shadow” [D2L]

W Nov. 25 THANKSGIVING—NO CLASS
F Nov. 27 THANKSGIVING—NO CLASS
M Nov. 30 The Silmarillion: “Ainulindalë,” “Valaquenta,” and Quenta Silmarillion, chapters 1-5
W Dec. 2 The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, chapters 6-12
F Dec. 4 The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, chapters 13-19
M Dec. 7 The Silmarillion: Quenta Silmarillion, chapters 20-24

J.R.R. Tolkien, “Notes on Motives in The Silmarillion” [Web]

W Dec. 9 The Silmarillion: “Akallabêth” and “On the Rings of Power and the Third Age”
F Dec. 11 Michael Saler, “The Middle Positions of Middle Earth”

LAST DAY OF CLASS

F Dec. 18 FINAL PAPERS DUE BY 1 PM

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August 31, 2015 at 9:49 pm

A Few Links for Monday Morning

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Yes, it’s only been one day, but I’m trying to get back in the habit of doing these more regularly…

* Following up on yesterday’s bonus Hugo’s postThis Is What The 2015 Hugo Ballot Should Have Been. Notes from the WSFS business meeting (read alongside this description of what all the voting propositions were).

* Mindfulness on the academic job search. I was fully prepared to mock this based on the headline, but I was actually won over, and I won’t beat myself up for that.

* Now the Ransom Center has gotten Ishiguro’s archive, too.

* I’m not lawyer, but wouldn’t this be a pretty clear violation of employment law if Duke and UNC were traditional corporations?

This is the most common job held by immigrants in each state.

* Jon Stewart’s post-Daily Show career is weird.

* How a dog became a saint.

* OK Comrade.

* Vulture interviews Tarantino.

So all the potential movies you’ve mentioned through the years — Killer Crow, The Vega Brothers, the Django/Zorrocrossover movie — those will probably never happen, right?

No. I don’t think I’m going to do Killer Crow anymore, but that’s the only one that could possibly be done.

Is Kill Bill 3 also off the table?

No, it’s not off the table, but we’ll see.

I’m bummed about Killer Crow, but I’ll always keep my Kill Bill 3 hope alive.

* I’m a social anarchist.

* And new from #BlackLivesMatter: Campaign zero.

CampaignZero

One More: After the Hugos

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August 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

Another Very Busy Couple of Weeks, Another Absolutely Too Long Linkpost

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* ACLA 2016: The 21st Century Novel at the Limit. Feminism and New Generations of Old Media. Aesthetic Distance in a Global Economy.

* And one for NEMLA: Women Authors from the Great War.

Special Issue CFP: Queer Female Fandom.

* You broke peer review. Yes, I mean you.

* Graduate students are employees when that’s bad for them, and students when that’s bad for them.

* Last year, Yale paid about $480 million to private equity fund managers as compensation — about $137 million in annual management fees, and another $343 million in performance fees, also known as carried interest — to manage about $8 billion, one-third of Yale’s endowment. In contrast, of the $1 billion the endowment contributed to the university’s operating budget, only $170 million was earmarked for tuition assistance, fellowships and prizes.

Why financial aid might make college more expensive.

* Scenes from the schadenfreude at UIUC.

* TurnItIn doesn’t even work.

First, Do No Harm? The Johns Hopkins System’s Toxic Legacy in Baltimore.

* SF short of the month: the found footage / time travel narrative “Timelike.” “Suicidium” is pretty good too. Both are very Black Mirror.

* Salon’s Michael Berry interviewed me and a bunch of other SF scholars recently on the greatness of Dune.

* No more fire, the water next time: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Global Warming and White Supremacy.

* Hobbes v. Snoopy.

* Science fiction and class struggle, in Jacobin.

* Precrime comes to Pennsylvania.

* Seven habits of unsuccessful grad students. Job market secrets from the English department at U. Iowa. How to avoid awkward interactions during your tenure year.

* Clinton’s ed plan poised to continue the bad disruptivation of the Obama administration. Yay!

Northwestern Football Players Cannot Form Union, NLRB Rules. Former Berkeley Football Player Sues Over Concussions. UNC-Chapel Hill Reports New Possible NCAA Violations.

* Coca-Cola and the denialists.

* Life extension and prison.

* Abandoned college campuses of Second Life.

Yes, your gadgets are ineluctably engineering your doom.

* What If Stalin Had Computers?

* The NLRB might (finally) shut down the temp economy.

On average, it’ll take four minutes for you to get to the end of this piece, and quite frankly you should be spending those four minutes asleep.

Crowdfunding Is Driving A $196 Million Board Game Renaissance.

* Sesame Street and neoliberalism, but like for real this time.

Why 35 screenwriters worked on The Flintstones movie.

Yes, We Have “No Irish Need Apply.”

* Epigenetics: Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children’s genes.

* Evergreen headline watch: “Michigan Fails to Keep Promise to Native Americans.”

UC Davis workers: “We exposed students to asbestos.”

* Understanding Neal Stephenson.

* The Bucks as case study for the stadium scam. Bucks affiliate the Biloxi Shuckers and their endless tour.

They had no inkling about what was really going on: Gubb was a serial fraudster who made a living by renting houses, claiming to be a tenant, then illegally subletting rooms to as many residents as he could cram in—almost always young women desperate for a piece of downtown living.

How a jerk scams a free quadruple espresso at Starbucks 365 days a year.

* US and Boeing developing a targeted EMP weapon. Looking forward to the surplus sale.

* Another car remotely hacked while driving. If a Cyberattack Causes a Car Crash, Who Is Liable?

How Much Of California’s Drought Was Caused By Climate Change?

By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean. You probably can’t undo ocean acidification even if you find a way to pull carbon out of the air.

* The climate hackers.

* The ice bucket challenge may have been a much bigger deal than you thought.

In just eight years, Pinellas County School Board members turned five schools in the county’s black neighborhoods into some of the worst in Florida.

* The bail trap.

* The end of Columbia House.

* An oral history of Six Feet Under.

* Death penalty abolition in Connecticut.

* Being Stephen Colbert.

* Happy Earth Overshoot Day.

* The new Cold War is a Corn War.

* Donald Trump and fascism. This is the moment when Donald Trump officially stopped being funny.

* Writing the second half of the Harry Potter series replacing Cedric Diggory with a Slytherin.

Banksy’s Dismaland.

* Twilight of the Bomb.

* Interactive widget: How to fudge your science.

* Science proves parenthood is a serious bummer.

How We Could Detect an Alien Apocalypse From Earth.

* Who mourns for the Washington Generals?

* Well, it makes more sense than the official story: ‘Aliens prevented nuclear war on Earth’: Former NASA astronaut makes unexpected claim.

* Is Howl the Netflix of podcasts? Watch Earwolf’s user base revolt.

* The kids today and the end of funny. The unfunny business of college humor.

Racial Bias Affects How Doctors Do Their Jobs. Here’s How To Fix It.

* Here comes Star Wars Land.

NBC chairman threatens ALF reboot if Coach reboot is successful. Just give them what they want! Pay anything!

Controlling the Narrative: Harper Lee and the Stakes of Scandal.

* Hell, with same-day delivery.

Locked in Solitary at 14: Adult Jails Isolate Youths Despite Risk.

* I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave.

Mars One Is Still Completely Full of Shit.

A Troll in the Lost City of the Dead.

In 2010, anonymous emails started popping up in the inboxes of Department of the Interior officials. The messages accuse museums across the country of failing to deal with their massive collections of Native American bones. Those remains are there illegally, the emails allege, and should be returned to the tribes to which they belong. They’re all signed “T.D. White.”

* Science proves the universe is slowly dying

* How DC has played Suicide Squad all wrong.

* The law, in its majestic equality, permits both rich and poor to sleep outside.

Dutch Artists Celebrate George Orwell’s Birthday By Putting Party Hats On Surveillance Cameras.

Ancient whistle language uses whole brain for long-distance chat.

* “We’re Fighting Killer Robots the Wrong Way.”

An early YA novel gets lost in the Freaky Friday canon.

* My dad was right! Social Security really is a Ponzi scheme.

Don’t freak out, but scientists think octopuses ‘might be aliens’ after DNA study.

* Don’t bring your dogs to work.

* Today in Wikipedia hoaxes.

* Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal continues to overthink Superman in the best possible way.

Architects are trying to raise $2.8 billion to build this city from Lord of the Rings.

You Know Who Hates Drones? Bears. They love pools though.

* Don’t say it unless you mean it.

* And we shall Truffle Shuffle no more forever.

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