Archives: January 2007

Classes and such

A short breathing space has appeared where I can post. My two 1010 sections are going well. I’ve introduced a class blog for the first time and already at this early date I can tell it has significantly improved the quality of the discussions. It also helps, of course, to be teaching the same class

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Reading list

So it has come time for me to draft up my reading list for my comprehensive exams, which will probably happen this summer. Coming up with titles is no problem, given that there are so many journal articles and books crammed into my office. I suppose task #2 will be paring the list down. I

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Jimmy Carter’s blues

Wikipedia has been maintaining an excellent page that covers the controversy over Jimmy Carter’s latest book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but plan to soon. I’ll opine further at that point. What I have noticed, however, at this early stage before I have digested the book, is the

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Moral Politics

I finished George Lakoff’s Moral Politics a few days ago – and wrote this little review but forgot to put it up. It’s another book that I have mixed feelings on. Lakoff, along with Mark Johnson, is the forerunner of conceptual metaphor theory, which I happen to like. This book repsresents a full-scale application of

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Islam simplified

I just finished No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan. It’s one of those books that I feel compelled to read with a pen handy, in order to substitute, perhaps, for arguing points with the author. I’ve been on the lookout for a good ‘intro to Islam’ that

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We meet again, Dr. Jones!

So Indy 4 will be made soon, at long last. I wonder what the MacGuffin will be this time. One article I found states that Lucas’ idea for the MacGuffin was ‘originally deemed too incendiary’. Hmm. It has to be old, with something to do with a major religion, somewhat supernatural, previously undiscovered or buried,

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You’d think killing Saddam would be the easy part

My comments on Saddam’s death are a bit slow. I was just thinking that I hadn’t said anything on it, perhaps because the moment was anti-climatic. Then I slowly realized the real implications. It’s been nearly four years after the invasion; Iraq couldn’t even get the execution of Saddam right. They let a bunch of

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