We're reading Willa Cather's O Pioneers! in one of my lit classes, and the protagonist, Alexandra Bergson, is forced to grow up too fast because she is the oldest child on a poor farm and must supervise her siblings. Go »
R.I.P. Roger Ebert
I've been dreading discussing this topic for years. Roger Ebert's passing today brings an end to his prolific writing and thinking, and his relentless promotion of the values of kindness and honesty. Go »
A Mother of a Problem
Yesterday's Literature goo created a number of problems. I couldn't find an image of the two women together (or even a decent pair of separate portraits that I could combine in Photoshop), and I didn't want to leave them out of the theme because, as far as I was taught, they're among the most famous mother-daughter pairs in history. Go »
Spring Break, Day One
Left Macomb at 4:15. Kelly was getting off work in Galesburg at 5:30 and really wanted me to meet her boss, so I was happy to be leaving early for a change. Go »
Osama Bin Laden for President
On the subject of offensive titles: There's an online protest forming against "The Two Towers," the second film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, to be released this December. Go »
Maybe Results Imaginary
Kelly and I were just talking about this the other day, and then Friday's XKCD hit on the same idea: Why does one part of the brain lighting up in an MRI "prove" anything about what the subject is thinking? Go »
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