Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Thursday Night Links

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* Everybody’s getting richer except actual human beings.

* In 2002, a novel thought to be the first written by an African-American woman became a best seller, praised for its dramatic depiction of Southern life in the mid-1850s through the observant eyes of a refined and literate house servant. But one part of the story remained a tantalizing secret: the author’s identity.

* Looking back on three decades of crisis in the humanities.

* Best Pope ever?

One In Nine U.S. Prisoners Are Serving Life Sentences, Report Finds.

* Faculty wins one in Oregon.

* And a little something for 13-year-old-me: “Twenty years later, why Counting Crows’ August and Everything After is as meaningful as Nirvana’s In Utero. Take that, popular and critical consensus!

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