A christmas letter brought sad news that a teacher, mentor, and friend passed away this year. John Pfaltzgraff was one of my gradschool profs at UNC. He and his wife, Nancy, became family friends, and we've stayed in touch for almost 20 years since I earned my Ph.D.
John was a gentle soul, superb scholar, and a man who loved his family. He did it right. And although I think he passed too soon, he probably passed with no regrets. I can only hope to do as well.
The latest installment in a continuing series in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries. NEW YORK CITY, United States—The heavily armed security forces in this large and highly militarized country have long walked the streets with...
Alexander Grothendieck, an opinionated and reclusive giant of 20th-century mathematics who shunned accolades and supported pacifist and environmental causes, has died, the French presidency said Friday. He was 86. He died Thursday at a hospital in the southwestern town of Saint-Girons,...
Like many, I'm saddened to hear news of Tom Magliozzi's passing. Car Talk may be a heartless corporation run by petro-moto industrial complex in its opulent Car Talk Plaza, but it put on a pretty good show each week.
Is it too soon to ask if there's a 'Tom Magliozzi laughter' ringtone out there somewhere? #cartalk
Based on several threads I was involved in yesterday, I am honored by the recognition of all the hard work and effort. I'd like to thank my parents and teachers for the motivation and encouragement. And Aaron James for writing a whole book about Assholes and Bitches*. And whenever I feel my attitude slipping into friendly or nice or tolerant, all I have to do is read the comments on any article that still allows them, and my strength returns.