Monthly Archives: March 2014

Master Race Rock

The Onion‘s AV Club alerts us to an interesting bit of musical verisimilitude.  The computer game Wolfenstein: The New Order posits an alternate history in which the Nazis won World War II. As part of this horrible new world, we discover that … Continue reading

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A Surreal Day

During my office hours this morning, I was looking over a student’s draft of a paper on Tennyson when the phone rang. I recognized the area code as being from Northern Kentucky, so I took the call. It was the … Continue reading

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Adventures in Grocery Shopping

After work today, I swung by one of our three supermarkets to buy a loaf of bread. Having accomplished the task, I went back to the van to head home, but as I started the car, I saw a quick … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof is Pleasantly Surprised

After yesterday’s garage sale, I took the leftover books and music to a secondhand/remaindered media store in Real City. After they took what they wanted, I got a bit of cash, a bunch of the books, and all the CDs … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Suspects That Yard Sales Violate the 8th Amendment

As part of the ongoing relocation, we decided to get rid of some items we would never use or had outgrown in one way or another. Indeed, it was in the process of preparing for this that we discovered my … Continue reading

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My Cousin, the Beast

Jack Dunn is my cousin, and the eldest of my generation of the family, a couple of years ahead of me. He’s an airline pilot, and also one of the more talented musicians I know. Well, it’s that latter part … Continue reading

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Life Imitates Borges

“Centuries and centuries of idealism have not failed to influence reality.” — from “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” Years ago, I learned about the phenomenon of phantom towns — fake landmarks that cartographers included in their work as a means of … Continue reading

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Classroom Management

From Robert Nozick‘s final interview: The Harvard graduate students of the late 60s and early 70s were the center of SDS activity on campus. I had been here for two years as an assistant professor, and left and went to … Continue reading

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Look On My Hits, Ye Mighty, and Despair

My parents, maternal grandparents, and a cousin of my generation who died when we were 13 are buried in a family plot in Nashville’s Woodlawn Cemetery. When my grandparents bought the plot, one of the things my grandfather liked about … Continue reading

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In Pieces, Bits and Pieces…

Well, I’m not, but the post is, so away we go… We’ve spent large chunks of the past few days working on clearing out Spackle Manor. Some of the stuff we found has made the trip here to Mondo Estates … Continue reading

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