Gerry Canavan

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Friday Links

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While the NRA Was on TV Talking About the Need for More Guns Some Guy Was Walking Up and Down a Road in Pennsylvania Shooting People. TPM has a piece up on doomsday preppers today that ties in LaPierre’s bizarre rant.

* Neither current faculty nor athletics are responsible for a tradition of no-show classes at UNC dating back to 1997. That’s lucky!

* It’s fair to say that academic jobs in English have stabilized at the post-crisis rate rather than returning to their pre-crisis numbers.

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* MOOCs as venture capital scam.

But I was left contemplating what it would mean if MOOCs really were like Napster. “If that’s true,” I thought, “then the next generation of university faculty will be dependent on casual work and Kickstarter campaigns to support their scholarly work.”

* Funny how meritocracy works: In a 2009 study of more than 9,000 students who applied to selective universities, the sociologists Thomas J. Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford found that white students were three times more likely to be admitted than Asians with the same academic record.

* Mommyblogging wars asides, kids have the same right to privacy regarding their medical and legal histories that adults do.

* Nice guys of Westeros.

* Slate has a piece and photo gallery up about Albania’s sworn virgins.

* LEGO will introduce an official Back to the Future DeLorean set, with proceeds going to Parkinson’s research. Some pictures here.

Jaimee Hills: ‘Albanian Virgin’

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My favorite poet has a piece, “Albanian Virgin,” in poemeleon‘s “Gender” issue. The poem (if I may defile it with Wikipedia links) concerns the “sworn virgin” custom in Albania in which a woman (for instance, a family’s only child) lives her life with the social privileges of men in exchange for foreswearing sex. Checking my tags I find I’ve linked to this piece on the practice in the New York Times before.

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October 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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The Back Nine

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With the [Undisclosed Location]quinox behind us, we move into the Back Nine of my period of extremely intense summer employment. Here are a few links to properly mark this monumental occasion:

* Deconstructing Barry: an English professor reads Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father at TNR.

* History’s most elaborate rick roll. Or was it this one at Shea Stadium?

* For centuries, in the closed-off and conservative society of rural northern Albania, swapping genders was considered a practical solution for a family with a shortage of men. Her father was killed in a blood feud, and there was no male heir. By custom, Ms. Keqi, now 78, took a vow of lifetime virginity. She lived as a man, the new patriarch, with all the swagger and trappings of male authority — including the obligation to avenge her father’s death.

* And once more, with feeling, the end of suburbia.

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June 26, 2008 at 11:19 am