Friday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion
Churches isolate and shame introverts. I suggest we, the introverts, isolate and shame churches.
Gay marriage is like communism (in the mind of the weird folks in Vatican.)
Live blogging a final exam. What a brilliant idea! I wish I’d thought about it during my final exams.
Last Psychiatrist’s brilliant post on our reaction to Newtown shootings: “Frantic hyperactivity to mask impotence, frantic hyperactivity to signal to some omnipotent entity that you are trying to make things right– it’s the description for what’s happening now and the definition of obsessional neurosis.”
“If you raise a generation of men, as Christian patriarchy does, to see themselves as antagonists toward the rest of American culture; to see feminism as the source of that antagonism; and to see themselves as entitled to control of women (through “headship”), control of government (because America is “God’s chosen nation”), and control of society (through Christian “dominionism”), you reap a whole cluster of social problems.”
The Body Positive Declaration contained in this post might help some people get over the temptation to torture themselves over their weight which is something that tends to happen around holidays.
A disgusting attack on an academic blogger by NRA freaks. He should have known better than mentioning a phallic symbol in a discussion concerning folks who are wriggling in the grip of a severe phallic fixation.
“Wealthy donors to Ivy League universities can “buy a place” for their offspring, and admissions policies at elite U.S. universities are far less meritocratic than anything that would be accepted in Britain, the universities and science minister has argued.” Don’t I know how true this is. Oh, the stories I have to tell about the congenitally stupid at Yale. . . See? I even created a little poem.
Tragic events don’t justify the writing of poetry as bad as this. As the linked blogger says, “For the clichés, we have the media, with all their stupid-ass conventional narratives. Why should poetry be the secondary victim of an event like this?” So if a desire to say something trivial overpowers you, just go write a tweet or something. Leave poetry alone.
Bacon-wrapped lamb meatloaf stuffed with feta cheese, thyme and red onions. Take a way the red onions, and this sounds like something I need to be making as soon as possible.
How to Play Academic Politics as a Graduate Student. Very good advice that I wish I’d discovered sooner. It is very very sad to be part of a department where faculty members turn grad students into hostages of their conflicts and resentments.
“Stanford University is moving toward a 5-year PhD model. Specifically, they have requested that all humanities departments come up with proposals for ways to cut down the time it takes to complete the PhD, including providing year-round (instead of semester-only) funding for grad students and more preparation for careers inside AND outside of academia.” Yay!
From the same article as linked above: “MLA president Russell A. Berman has said that changes could also include restructuring the qualifying exam–in particular, tightening the relationship between PhD coursework and quals preparation, so that the majority of quals prep doesn’t take place “off the books.”” Whenever Berman opens his mouth, something idiotic falls out. Preparation for qualifiying exams should absolutely take place outside of the classroom. If a future scholar can’t bring herself to read anything that is not assigned as coursework, she is not going to be a scholar. We are not talking about Freshmen who ask “Will this be on the test?” whenever they are assigned something to read. A PhD student in literature is supposed to live for reading. If reading is such a burden to you, get out of the grad program in literature as soon as you can.