Gerry Canavan

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Weekend Links!

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* I have a short essay in the New Orleans Review‘s science fiction issue. Check it out! (Sorry, it’s not online.)

* CFP: Special Issue of American Literature: “Queer about Comics.”

* Academics of color experience an enervating visibility, but it’s not simply that we’re part of a very small minority. We are also a desired minority, at least for appearance’s sake. University life demands that academics of color commodify themselves as symbols of diversity—in fact, as diversity itself, since diversity, in this context, is located entirely in the realm of the symbolic. There’s a wound in the rupture between the diversity manifested in the body of the professor of color and the realities affecting that person’s community or communities. I, for example, am a black professor in the era of mass incarceration of black people through the War on Drugs; I am a Somali American professor in the era of surveillance and drone strikes perpetuated through the War on Terror.

Universities love a flagship building that sets them apart from the rest. But are they being designed with learning and research in mind?

Cornell Grad Students Form Unrecognized Union.

* The Irony of Catholic Colleges.

* The end of content.

* The end of tenure.

* Fake traffic is rotting the Internet.

* So weird: John Boehner, House Speaker, Will Resign From Congress.

* The College President-to-Adjunct Pay Ratio.

* The Journal of Academic Freedom has a special section devoted to Steven Salaita.

* Science proves you like being ripped off by airlines.

Fordham, Marquette rescind honorary degrees they gave Cosby.

Here’s More Evidence That Galactic Super-Civilizations Don’t Exist. Yet!

What a massive sexual assault survey found at 27 top U.S. universities. Counterpoint: The latest big sexual assault survey is (like others) more hype than science. Counter-counterpoint: The University of Chicago’s message to the Class of 2019: Don’t be a rapist.

* Speech and the campus newspaper at Wesleyan. And from the Southern Poverty Law Center: Campus Newspaper Thefts since 2000.

* Today in the apocalypse: Why some scientists are worried about a surprisingly cold ‘blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean.

* Ahmed’s Clock, Banneker’s Clock, and the Racial Surveillance of Invention in America.

* “Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges.”

A recent study suggests that acetaminophen—found in Tylenol, Excedrin and a host of other medications—is an all-purpose damper, stifling a range of strong feelings. Throbbing pain, the sting of rejection, paralyzing indecision—along with euphoria and delight—all appear to be taken down a notch by the drug.

Volkswagen and the Era of Cheating Software. Volkswagen hires BP’s Deepwater defense team as the lawsuits start. But it’s not all bad news.

Stojcevski was sent to the Macomb County Jail in Mt. Clemens, Mich., on June 11, 2014, to serve a 30-day sentence after failing to appear in court over a ticket for careless driving, according to the lawsuit. During the 16 days between his imprisonment and his death, the lawsuit alleges, staff at the jail knowingly allowed him to suffer through “excruciating” acute withdrawal without treatment.

Inside the collapse of Scott Walker’s presidential bid.

* Inside Retraction Watch.

* Inside Salvador Dali’s Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Rather than fighting for more and better work, we should fight for more time to use as we please. Proposals like a universal basic income may well lead to this. Most importantly, in thinking about the time bind, we should keep in mind what it would mean to be really free from it. We should keep in mind the full possibilities of liberation: what we want is not to be allowed to work more or in better conditions, but to be allowed to live as we see fit.

* Counterpoint: Against UBI.

* I had nightmares like this: What If the Answer Isn’t College, but Longer High School?

* A Urine Collection Bag from Apollo 11 marked with the initials “NA.”

* The Bowe Bergdahl case is a weird choice for Serial season two, but I suppose nearly anything would be.

Netflix Data Reveals Exactly When TV Shows Hook Viewers — And It’s Not the Pilot.

* DC reboots the Spectre.

* Happy Birthday, everyone.

* …the digital apocalypse never arrived, or at least not on schedule. While analysts once predicted that e-books would overtake print by 2015, digital sales have instead slowed sharply.

* Honestly this would work pretty well for academics too.

* Listen, this is just getting silly now.

We have burned all the furniture for fuel and we’re starting to chop away at the deck. We are a terrible, dispirited society and we finally have the terrible, dispirited Muppets we deserve.

What Can ‘Star Trek’ Teach Us About American Exceptionalism?

* Rude hand gestures from around the world.

* And I’m devoting the rest of my career to the Mysteries of the Unknown books, now that I’ve been reminded they exist.


Written by gerrycanavan

September 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

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  1. Weekend Replies!

    • If it ain’t online it don’t exist.

    • Science, check out that result again. Because I think you’ve got a bug in there somewhere.

    • Did you see Connor Friesdorf’s piece on Weslyan? I know he’s a libertarian and all, but I found it persuasive.

    • Cuing arguments that the cold blog disproves global warming in 5, 4, 3, 2…

    • I don’t think he was in any objective sense the worst, but personally I found Walker the most loathsome of the R candidates. So glad to seem him flame out.

    • Serial should just have declared it had perfected the podcast and retired. No way *any* S2 will be anything other than a massive letdown. (Also: as soon as the topic leaks, the redit people will get on it and preempt all their revelations & get some they miss, won’t they?)

    • Personally, I didn’t get hooked on The Wire — The Greatest Show Ever!® — until about episode four. The *second* time through I loved it from minute one. But only then.

    • You say it’s your birthday? Well, it’s my birthday too. Yeah.

    Stephen Frug

    September 26, 2015 at 9:27 am

    • Especially given how badly their reporting of the first story turns out to have been, SERIAL should definitely have called it quits…


      September 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      • What, did they mess it up? I missed that.

        Stephen Frug

        September 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      • Well, they misreported a bunch of stuff (per the reddit), more or less uniformly in the direction of making it seem more likely that Adnan was innocent. The way they broke up the evidence and dropped threads also contributed to that perception…


        September 27, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      • Hmm. My reading of the non-cannonical material (so to speak) was spotty. And I may have read too much of Rabia Chaudry. But I didn’t get that there was a pro-innocence slant in their reporting, nor that they made many mistakes.

        But, again, I might well have missed something. What interests me most is you’re stating it as if it’s a universally known & agreed upon fact. Is that your sense of it?

        Stephen Frug

        September 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      • I may have been overly influenced by the reddit myself, but my sense is that the show consistently flubbed major details: the possible Asia alibi is really spotty, the blueprints for the Best Buy list a payphone, etc…


        September 27, 2015 at 10:28 pm

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