Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Unexpected Boxing Day Links!

with 3 comments

My baby’s selfish decision to start vomiting ruined my plans to finally see The Hobbit. So instead I’ll clear some tabs:

* If you want a vision of the future, imagine me and @adamkotsko arguing about revenge in Tarantino, forever.

* The End of the Community College English Profession.

* Jeopardy! is running its online contestant search again.

* Meritocracy watch, from the archives: In both data sets, Krueger and Dale, like other researchers, find that students who attended more selective colleges tend to earn higher salaries later on than those who attend less selective colleges. However, the researchers not only looked at the schools that students attended but also where they were accepted and rejected. They found that where a student applies is a more powerful predictor of future earnings success than where he or she attends.

The Heat, The Avengers, and the peculiar American love of the overdog.

Surreal Illustrations for Fairy Tales that Don’t Exist Yet.

* Eminem, master of Donkey Kong.

* Wikipedia’s timeline of the far future.

* Thomas Frank blames academia for Occupy’s failures. Now the lead editorial of the next Jacobin is devoted to denouncing Frank.

* A report from NRO’s annual cruise.

FBI Considered It’s A Wonderful Life Communist Propaganda. Don’t ever change, you lovable scamps!

12 Obvious Science Findings of 2012.

Could a captive tornado power an entire city? What could possibly go wrong?

STUDY: Antarctica Is Heating Up Even Faster Than Previously Thought.

Pulp Scifi Under Japanese Totalitarianism.

* And a few days late: Santa’s privacy policy.

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  1. Gerry, interesting Twitter discussion Re: revenge in Basterds. Given that the last 5 of Tarantino’s 8 films (counting the Kill Bills as 2) have been explicitly *about* revenge, I think it’s safe to say that he is enjoying himself with the genre and larger cultural points he may have been aiming for have been thoroughly addressed by now and at this point it’s really just about the THE REVENGE!


    December 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  2. @billsimmon–i’m more inclined to think he was figuring out what the genre could do, in order to then try it out in more overtly historical/political contexts. e.g. i think the revenge plot works REALLY differently in IB & DU, and QT seems to recognize that the revenge narrative has different constraints and different possibilities in different contexts.


    December 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  3. (which is, of course, not to negate its pleasure as well.)


    December 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

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