Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Links for the Post-Thanksgiving Blues

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* Near them on the sand, / Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown / And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command / Tell that its sculptor well those passions read / Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, / The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.

* Rest in peace, Leslie Nielsen and Irvin Kershner. Stay safe, everyone else.

* “Ph.D. students are extremely bright people who have been successful their whole lives,” says David D. Perlmutter. He is director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa and author of a new book called Promotion and Tenure Confidential (Harvard University Press). “They are like the hundreds of thousands of inner-city kids who believe they are going to be playing in the NBA,” says Mr. Perlmutter, who also writes a column for The Chronicle’s Careers section. Despite gloomy job news and the hundreds of applicants for any opening, “they still think they’ll be the exception.”

* Breaking news: Either Democrats are impossibly bad at bargaining or (heaven forfend) they’re getting exactly the results they want.

* And of course you had me at “build an Olympic stadium on the Moon.”

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