February 22, 2005

Happy Tuesday!

And happy reading. After an evening spent with a Boy who ate his weight in foodstuffs (including a chicken breast, 8 large broccolis, mashed potatoes, 2 chicken nuggets--on a plate with ketchup!--some animal cookies, a banana and 2 full glasses of milk) and got massive indegestion, my creative juices are at a somewhat low ebb.

So here are other folks doing a great job of posting about the topics I would be posting about if I were posting. Oh, and to those of you who sent me links recently--thanks a ton! Sorry I've not been able to write about what you sent, but don't think I don't appreciate it, 'cause I do. Good reading there.

Now on to the linky-dinky-dos.

Curious about how the Ward Churchills of the world get hired in the first place, with little-to-no attention paid to things like, oh, actual credentials? Here's a nice account of academic reality that pretty much mirrors what I know of the process.

Speaking of horses' asses, here's exactly the eulogy I would have written for Hunter S. Thompson, were I drunk and Californian. I used to use both Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test in my Freshman Comp classes, to demonstrate that informative writing could take many colorful forms. But I never idolized Thompson, because I've never appreciated the allure of violent, depressed, drunk and drug-addled writers, I guess. Explains why I'm no big fan of Hemingway, either.

Arguments for home-schooling? You betcha!
And finally, remember the Tard Blog, a blog by special ed teachers about their charges? There's a new teacher on the block, and a companion blog, Slow Children at Play, that will certainly increase your appreciation for the folks who really work in the trenches. I couldn't do their jobs, that's for damn sure.

UPDATE: Links work now--sorry!

Posted by Big Arm Woman at February 22, 2005 11:19 AM

Why can't I get the links to work?

Posted by: Sam at February 22, 2005 11:40 AM

Yes....they seem to keep tossing us over to blogrolling. Unfortunate...

Posted by: Phil at February 22, 2005 12:04 PM

I hope you meant Thompson was the horses' ass and not me...actually, never mind. It's pretty accurate on both counts.

Posted by: Emily at February 22, 2005 01:27 PM

Emily -

Definitely Thompson.

Posted by: BAW at February 22, 2005 03:34 PM

Re. Ward Churchill: on the scientific side of the aisle, the requirement that a new prof bring his own seed funding means that someone (the NSF, NIH, or God forbid, the DoD) outside the department got a say in whether the researcher is any good. Might there be a means to do this in the humanities? (Probably not).

Posted by: John at February 22, 2005 11:08 PM

John -

There's not one that I'm aware of, which leads, I think, to all sorts of repressed feelings of inadequacy, posturing, and the defense of indefensible postitions in the humanities.

It makes me sad that the people in the humanities seem to have lost faith in the relevance of the humanities.

Posted by: BAW at February 23, 2005 08:46 AM