"One path to happiness is to want exactly what you have."
Whose name is mud
But what’s in a name
To shame one who knows
Mud does not stain
Clay he’s made of
Dust Adam became—
The dust he was—
Was he his name
Senior Appointments – have we missed the point? by Jacqui Curtis
Thinking differently about recruitment to attract the right people
The above-named plaintiffs — and others to be included at a later date — allege that in separate instances the above-named defendant, James Bond, repeatedly made unwanted advances upon their persons, in locations including public areas, private hotel rooms, corporate-jet interiors, ski slopes, and hollowed-out volcano hideaways. Further, plaintiffs claim that defendant refused to accept their demurrals, would not take “No” for an answer, and in some instances used his considerable latitude vis-à-vis License to Kill etc. to coerce, intimidate, blackmail, and relentlessly pursue the plaintiffs into unwanted situations.
To call out falseness is to risk being accused of condescension. So there are reasons to hold your tongue, some more legitimate than others Holding and Biting tongues
A professor weighs in on 'speculative journalism'
Amid media sex harassment scandals, a legendary novelist opines
- What Are We Doing Here? (“A society is moving toward dangerous ground when loyalty to the truth is seen as disloyalty to some supposedly higher interest.”)
- A Florida school district is prohibiting the use or purchase of any instructional material, including books, containing “any profanity, cursing, or inappropriate subject matter.” AP class materials are exempt — if “they do not substantially violate community standards.”
- More idiocy: Cambridge University (!!?!) gave students “trigger warnings” for two Shakespeare plays
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “cathedrals”
- The 2016 VIDA Count is out
- An introduction to “New Weird”
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders won the Man Booker Prize while Winnie M Li’s Dark Chapter won Not the Booker Prize
- How to win the Man Booker prize and it’s bad history
- Bookish Lists: 8 novels about bookstores; 10 life lessons from Russian literature; 8 books set in mental hospitals; 5 books Ray Bradbury thought we should read; top 10 imaginary drugs in fiction
Give in to destiny
Destiny or fate (sud’ba in Russian) is a convenient excuse for all kinds of bad behaviour (especially adultery in this novel); and it is also an excellent way to move the plot along, particularly when your hero is banished 700 miles from Moscow and his mistress just happens to end up in exactly the same spot. This is a continuation of Tolstoy’s favourite theme. Someone more important than you (God) has decided your fate, so don’t fight it.
- The problem of “problematic” book reviews
- Shouldn’t there be fewer dead white guys on school reading lists?
- The oldest treasures of 12 great libraries
- A recent survey showed 41% of Republicans want books with witchcraft, wizardry, or magic as a theme banned from elementary school libraries and 28% don’t think they belong in high schools
- They’re back: best books of the year lists
- The CIA funding and support of literary magazines
- Bookish Lists: 10 books about the brain; 6 famous authors injured while writing
The bloody rise and shocking fall of a US spymaster in Cold War Korea Asia Times
Gone is the century of the self. Now we inhabit the century of the crowd. What will it do to literature? Early indications are not promising... Will the Internet Destroy Us All? On Franklin Foer’s ‘World Without Mind’
There were the rich and the poor and the good and the indifferent. There was a man worth thirty million dollars, and another, a gaunt moonshiner from Jerkumtight Hollow, come on a Saturday night to look at the neon signs, who did not possess thirty. There were the housewives, the merchants, the lawyers, the schoolteachers, the filling-station attendants, the college girls, the golf players on one scale and the pool players on another. There were the churchgoers and the radio listeners and the ne’er-do-wells and the drinkers of cheap wine. On a Sunday night there were a dinner party at the country club and a tryst at a roadside tourist cabin and a prayer meeting at the Lutheran Church and three drunks telling lies in the men’s room of the bus depot and a Negro child dying f leukemia on Jitney Street and a young couple getting married and a thousand women preparing supper and an esthetic girl at the Seminary writing what she believed to be a sonnet or a song.