Gerry Canavan

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A Bunch of Links for Thursday

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* In the future, you can make telephone calls from inside your email. Also, in the future Google knows everything there is to know about you.

* Oh, crap: My adjunct story starts with the highly self-indulgent decision to pursue a PhD in comparative literature. To me, this meant I’d get to study great writers who happened to express themselves in different languages. To hiring committees, it meant I had GENERALIST tattooed on my forehead—the academic equivalent of a scarlet A.

* Vimeo has a sneak preview of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.

* Happy 35th birthday, global warming. Personally, like the first commenter, I count from Arrhenius.

* How the Pirates make more money losing. Via the MetaFilter thread on accounting tricks in Major League Baseball.

* Surviving and Thriving in Durham: a Tumblr blog.

* Slayage has a special double issue on Dollhouse.

* Pynchon on plagiarism.

* Sarah Palin, kingmaker.

* There’s a new Grow game, Grow Valley. (Here’s the walkthrough.) You may also Metagun, which Rock Paper Shotgun describes as “a game about a man who fires a gun that fires men who fire guns. At you.”

* The eleven most scandalous stories about Saved By The Bell from Dustin “Screech” Diamond’s autobiography. Not a hoax, not an imaginary story. Via MetaFilter.

* And you had me at “Rod Serling action figure.”

Meet the Game That Will Ruin My Academic Career

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I have a new life’s ambition: to be named Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.

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July 14, 2010 at 7:23 pm


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* Peter Jackson is in negotiations to direct The Hobbit after all.

* Why doesn’t Superman cure cancer?

* The end of Journolist. How will Commissar Klein transmit our marching orders now?

* And incoming MLA President Michael Bérubé explains why no graduate student will ever be happy again.

Monday Night Various

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* Rethinking the humanities Ph.D. in the wake of the permanent job crisis.

We are beginning to acknowledge that the graduate training we offer in the humanities is simply not fair to our students, the vast majority of whom will never get tenure-track jobs in their disciplines. But the worth of humanities graduate education need not depend on the number of tenure-track humanists it produces. Graduate education in the humanities is an excellent preparation for many, many careers. But our students should not have to find those careers on their own, and they should not have to think of those careers as “non-academic” careers—the jobs we take when we can’t get the jobs we’ve been trained for. Humanities education needs to take itself seriously. We believe that undergraduate humanities programs produce thoughtful, informed, global citizens. Now we need to decide what we really want graduate humanities programs to produce.

* Finally, an end to DADT.

* Protests against Chris Christie in my beloved Garden State.

* BP, terrible in every way.

* Huffington Post piece on the student protests in Puerto Rico.

* And Google Pac-Man might’ve cost us $120,483,800. It was worth it.

Welcome to Your Future

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* Blasphemy! Mattel is changing the rules of Scrabble to allow proper nouns.

Towards a theory of erotic capital.

* Allen sends along three articles from the Chronicle of Higher Education on the disastrous job market in the humanities:

* Frank Donoghue: An Open Letter From a Director of Graduate Admissions.
* Peter Conn: We Need to Acknowledge the Realities of Employment in the Humanities.
* Lee S. Shulman: Doctoral Education Shouldn’t Be a Marathon.

Now I’m depressed.

* Ambinder has more SCOTUS speculation, explaining Obama’s likely strategy and why Elena Kagan is widely believed to be the frontrunner for the nomination.

* ExxonMobil paid no federal income tax in 2009 on $45.2 billion in profit. Two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid the same amount between 1998 and 2005.

* The West Virginia mining disaster that has killed at least 25 people appears to have been caused in part by corporate neglect of safe conditions.

* Frum: Don’t listen to Fox. Coburn: Don’t listen to Fox. Good advice.