Before working on dissertation, I’ve been in the routine of cleaning up old blog entries. Some of those reworked: Emily Dickinson, “If I can stop one heart from breaking;” William Carlos Williams, “Complete Destruction;” Hopkins, “Heaven-Haven.” These should be a lot clearer, though of necessity they get dense in places. If you get a chance, feedback is appreciated.
Things of note:
- Jeremy Scahill, “Inside America’s Dirty Wars” – the most important thing you’ll read and a call for immediate reform. We haven’t just killed U.S. citizens who’ve declared themselves terrorists with drones. We’ve killed U.S. citizens, period.
- Gawker: “This Personal Essay Will Get You Into Columbia”
- “Apparently some four-fifths of NFL players are insolvent within a decade of retirement. This is the peril of ever being exceptionally good at something: It can convince you that you’ll be good at whatever you try.”
- “George W. Bush is smarter than you” – on another note, I’m not thrilled with the present Syria/chemical weapons rhetoric: “one President got us into a war where there were no WMD’s, now Obama is actually dealing with WMD’s.” It’s a cheap partisan point that doesn’t have any proper accounting for just how dangerous a world where these sorts of things are floating around are. I’m not saying we should go war everywhere at the least sign of a threat. But it’s easy to talk about not panicking and acting really, really carefully when we’re a distance from a threat.
- Yes, I read that sorority girl rant e-mail. Yes, I loved it. No, I am not linking to it [extremely NSFW, esp. the awesome commentary it has spawned. The Internet has found a spouse.]. Instead, have some sacred music by Mendelssohn.