Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

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A study released last week by researchers at Harvard and Stanford quantified what everyone in my hometown already knew: even the most talented rural poor kids don’t go to the nation’s best colleges. The vast majority, the study found, do not even try. For deans of admissions brainstorming what they can do to remedy this, might I suggest: anything.

The cost of a four-year university degree for a child born in 2013 could rise to more than $140,000 due to tuition inflation, a new study says.

* On majoring in English.

Diversity in my high school and college English literature courses is too often reduced to a month, week, or day where the author of the book is seen as the narrator of the novel. The multiplicity of U.S. minority voices is palatably packaged into a singular representation for our consumption. I read Junot Díaz and now I understand not only the Dominican-American experience, but what it means to be Latina/o in America. Jhumpa Lahiri inspired me to study abroad in India. Sherman Alexie calls himself an Indian, so now it’s ok for me to call all Indians that, too. We will read Toni Morrison’s Beloved to understand the horrors of slavery, but we won’t watch her takedowns on white supremacy.

Why You Should Be More Concerned About War With North Korea This Time.

Why Marvel’s making 2 different versions of Iron Man 3. 

What Kansas Basketball Star Ben McLemore Can Teach America About Poverty.

McLemore is months from being able to fully leave that past behind, a from-the-gutters-to-greatness success story that is so often repeated in sports.

Of course, as LGM notes, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be being paid now.

* The Big Picture visits the 70s.

You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did.

* And some more great anamorphic street art from Felice Varini.

"Dix-sept cercles oranges excentriques"

The Assignment Was: Create a YouTube Hoax

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February 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Hi, I’m a Tea Partier

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I’m not really a fan of the xtranormal form, but this one made me laugh (at least until it started to get preachy about voting). Stop the video around 4′ 30″ and you’ll be fine.

Sunday Night Links with Yoda, Clark Kent, and Banksy

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‘The Story of Cap and Trade’

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December 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm


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February 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm

The Superman Exists, and He’s American

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NBS Nightly News celebrates a decade of Dr. Manhattan.

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January 23, 2009 at 2:27 am

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"Wake Up, Freak Out, Then Get a Grip’

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‘Wake Up, Freak Out, Then Get a Grip’—the single best viral video about apocalyptic climate change and the urgent necessity to at last act that I’ve yet seen. Via MetaFilter.

Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo.

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September 14, 2008 at 3:10 pm