THE SHORTEST, GLADDEST YEARS OF LIFE (A BLEG): Hi there. I'm working (slowly) on two short stories, and I need your help. Please email me if you werea) at Georgetown University from around about 1988-1992 b) involved in conservative campus journalism during time period ditto c) at Yale during time period ditto d) (different story) at Yale approx. 1975-1982 e) involved in campus conservatism generally during time period ditto f) at another big liberal arts college during time period … [Read more...]

AMERICA IS THE NAME OF OUR DREAM: Amazing, must-read post here. I expect I disagree radically with the author on what our country needs now. We likely disagree on questions of right and wrong that will remain crucial long after Americans are fairy tales in books written by rabbits. But this is exactly right:"America compells people to leave everything, to give up everything, to be terrified and impoverished and exhausted and belittled, humiliated and bereaved, because it promises that one … [Read more...]

POETRY WEDNESDAY: DANCE REMIX: Auden again. "The Two."You are the town and we are the clock.We are the guardians of the gate in the rockThe Two [clipped] … [Read more...]

POETRY WEDNESDAY: From W.H. Auden, "The Orators."'O where are you going?' said reader to rider,'That valley is fatal when furnaces burn,Yonder's the midden whose odours will madden,That gap is the grave where the tall return.'[clipped] … [Read more...]

There's a nut with a blogwatch, bang bang bang...Do you need a Honda Accord? Because Krubner needs to get rid of one, Via Amy Welborn, who describes it thusly: "This site was featured in either Time or Newsweek this week. It's a bypass, of sorts, of news sites that require registration. Supplies a username and password for many--just enter the URL of the newspaper that's demanding some info, and voila. Warning: some verge on the obscene, I'd say. But it works."Good news … [Read more...]

"This rebuke during the sober hours of school paled much of the glory of the Wild West for me and the confused puffy face of Leo Dillon awakened one of my consciences." --James Joyce, "An Encounter" … [Read more...]

"MY NAME IS JONES. I'M IN INSURANCE.": Free will, God and man, and time travel in "12 Monkeys" and/vs. "Donnie Darko."Discuss. … [Read more...]