Gerry Canavan

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Thursday Night Links

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* We’ve been having some fun on Twitter mocking this overwrought defense of Columbia’s obscenely overpriced MFA program. (Key quote: “It’s for people whose genitals still work, dammit.”) HTMLGiant, via @zunguzungu, has perhaps the definitive takedown.

* Speaking of definitive takedowns, Alex Reid has the last word on digital learning badges.

SCOTUS has issued a temporary stay in the execution of Duane Buck, pending certiorari.

* The Obama disaster has officially reached the “pointing fingers” stage.

“The Citbank incident, and others like it, reflected a more pernicious and personal dilemma emerging from inside the administration: that the young president’s authority was being systematically undermined or hedged by his seasoned advisers,” Suskind writes.

Yeah, that must be what happened.

* Dateline 1937: Science proves blondes can’t drive.

* And, just for fun, one of the weirder stories I’ve read today.

…thanks to an eccentric New York lawyer in the 1930s, this college in a corner of the Catskills inherited a thousand-year trust that would not mature until the year 2936: a gift whose accumulated compound interest, the New York Times reported in 1961, “could ultimately shatter the nation’s financial structure.” The mossy stone walls and ivy-covered brickwork of Hartwick College were a ticking time-bomb of compounding interest—a very, very slowly ticking time bomb.

One suspects they’d have rather gotten a new squash court.

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  1. “But here is another worldview: Some writing is (looks left, looks right) better than other writing. Some writers suck, and some writers are awesome!”

    And what category do you think sentences like that fall into?

    Alex

    September 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

  2. The most hilarious part about that MFA piece is that its author uses his own success as a main point of his argument, and he apparently has only written zombie books.

    Dan

    September 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm


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