I like the half-finished ones more than the completed ones. The illusion is so compellingly broken when you see the work in its half state.
“The Goldfinch” has polarized the literary establishment. I think it was basically 1/3 a great novel, and 2/3 pretty good, but anything that touches greatness is worth reading.
Any kind of blanket trigger policy is inimical to academic freedom. Any student can request some sort of individual accommodation, but to say we need some kind of one-size-fits-all approach is totally wrong. The presumption there is that students should not be forced to deal with something that makes them uncomfortable is absurd or even dangerous.
- Quote from Lisa Hajjar, a sociology professor at UCSB
There is a reason you pay to be taught by teachers and not have your education formed by your undergraduate classmates.
UC Santa Barbara students are requesting “trigger warnings” be placed on edgy, graphic, and upsetting material for their classes. This makes me sad. College is where you discover that your viewpoint is one of many, and that some other people hold dangerous views. Grappling with this reality is what college is about; not understanding it doesn’t make you any better prepared for life or for helping others who need you to understand their plight.
Ranks among the most salient and important commencement speeches of all time.
A great marketing idea for Amtrak – restoring a sense of wonder and wanderlust via train travel.
Want to know how to write a NYT best seller? Well, you can either be really good or you can strategically spend $210,000 to artificially prop up your sales numbers. Sound sheisty? I agree – but this is the tactic that one of our popular local preachers here in Seattle used.