Tag Archives: McWhorter

Links: 29 May 2013

1. An interesting way to run a news network: an insider at Fox.

2. Writer Lydia Davis wins Man Booker prize, but causes consternation as to how to classify/categorize her writings. Perhaps categorization is overrated?

3. A reminder of Kerouac’s spontaneous prose style. I’m not sure I’d agree with Kerouac’s idea now as much as I did when I was younger, but I still do like the idea of prioritizing a natural, idiosyncratic flow of an author’s words over the idea that every text should (or could) be perfected.

4. “Why do I teach?” by New York Times blogger Gary Gutting.

5. An overview of many songs created, performed, and/or produced by Nile Rodgers.

6. John McWhorter’s response to David Brooks’ simplistic word-usage-reveals-thinking-and-social-trends column.

7. Ta-Nehisi Coates on race as a social construct — an idea — rather than a reality.

Links: 28 May 2013

1. Why high school rankings are meaningless and harmful. This article makes good points about systems used to rank high schools. Of course, the deeper question is whether it makes sense to talk about the quality of a school without using the cases of particular students in the classes of particular teachers.

2. On the subjective experience of time–includes discussion of the work of Prof. Eagleman, also profiled here.

3. On the subjectivity of the sense of smell. This post mentions androstenone, which is found in pigmeat, but also cilantro has different tastes for different folks.

4. On how our happiness changes with age. Author discusses how a young-adult’s sense of risk-seeking becomes the middle-ager’s risk-avoiding.

5. A point about how we’re all pretty much related as of a couple thousand years ago, geneaologically speaking.

6. Global warming news summary, including a link to an article rebutting deniers.

7. a. Apostrophes aren’t necessary.

7. b. Apostrophes really aren’t necessary (by McWhorter).

7.c. Yet more apostrophes.