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Aaron Barlow
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One Flew East Is Moving!
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There's a Little Bit of Truth...
The best lies sail as close to the truth as they can; the best demagoguery creates canyons out of cracks. And politicians, of course, use any tools they can to rally their supporters, making them feel good about themselves while demeaning the opposition. Wh...

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Strange Truth--Or Fiction?
[Cross-posted from the Academe blog .] “Brian Williams Admits He Wasn’t on Copter Shot Down in Iraq,”  says the headline  in  The New York Times . The newscaster “apologized Wednesday for mistakenly claiming he had been on a helicopter that was shot down.” ...

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"Standards!" Why the Fuss? I'd Rather Concern Myself with Education
[I posted this on the Academe blog on 12/28/2104.] Education "reformers," in an attempt to save the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), are now attempting to decouple "standards" and "high-stakes testing." In an  op-ed  in  The New York Times  today, for ex...

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Anti-Intellectualism: A Continuing American Legacy
[I first posted this on the Academe blog in January.] One of the most influential books on my own vision of academia and American life is Richard Hofstadter's  Anti-Intellectualism in American Life . Though I have serious reservations about parts of it, I r...

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From Great Universities to "Knowledge Factories": Another American Institution in Decline
[I first posted this on the Academe blog in December.] Thomas Frank, perhaps best known for  What's the Matter with Kansas? , an examination of America's new conservatism, has an  article  in  Salon , "The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks...

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Why Ph.D.s Should Teach College Students
Who should teach? And who should  decide  who teaches? What should the learning environment look like? And who should  decide  how it looks--and should there even be just one “look”? These old questions came to mind today when I read Marty Nemko's October 2...

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Neourbs and Death's Ironic Scraping
The fantasy of the neourb (the new urbanist): "I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream. Methought I was—there is no man can tell what. Methought...

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Gray Mountain
It had been years since I'd read a John Grisham novel, not since 1996, when I put down The Runaway Jury . The book was fine, even enjoyable, but my taste had moved on to the likes of James Lee Burke, whose Cadillac Jukebox came out the same year and whose d...
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