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Cuba derangement syndrome

This Richard Cohen column about Sean Penn is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read. Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does, down to the very last paragraph.

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January 5, 2009 Posted by | boredom | 55 Comments

More machine than man

I have now reached the 3/4 mark on my dissertation in terms of chapters written (six out of a projected eight), with most of the chapters having gone through multiple drafts. An April defense and May graduation seem all but locked in, barring disaster.

And then? Well, I’m not sure. But if you’re curious, you can probably just keep reading the blog and find out eventually.

January 5, 2009 Posted by | academia | 22 Comments

What are the odds?

Conventional wisdom has it that Blagojevich’s nomination of Burris is completely above board and therefore a strategy to undercut the federal prosecutor’s case. However, one wildcard hasn’t been factored in here: Blagojevich is both stupid and insane. With that in mind, what are the odds that we actually will find that some kind of payoff has taken place?

January 5, 2009 Posted by | Blagojevich | 1 Comment