Archives: December 2007

DeConick’s The Thirteenth Apostle

I mentioned this book earlier, when DeConick wrote an op-ed in the NYT, but now, having had read the book, I’d like to comment further. It’s a great little book, written in a succinct layperson’s style, and it does several things very well. One, she lays out a compelling background for 2nd-century strands of Christianity,

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Well, damn.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. There doesn’t seem to be a quicker way to get killed in this world than to speak even a little bit of sense. Regardless of whether or not he had anything to do with it, Musharraf is getting the blame. If this is Al Qaida’s doing, it’s an interesting move- do

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Acquaintances

Yesterday, I got a call from an old friend I hadn’t heard from in years – I’ll call him B. We worked on a contract job together about 4 years ago, driving around the South migrating computers for a certain telcom – a job I recall with a certain wacky fondness. I’d lost touch with

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Giant Rat of Sumatra

Once it was a story for which the world was not prepared, but apparently the world is now ready. Frankly, Mr. Holmes, I was expecting something larger than this little fella. No wonder Watson never wrote it up. I was expecting a toothy fellow like this one from the classic Doctor Who episode The Talons

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Brooks on Obama

Well, Bob Herbert may be off today, but David Brooks has a really good article on Obama’s political philosophy. I don’t like Brooks most of the time, but he nailed this one, noting that Obama has a consistent “strain of pessimistic optimism that stretches back from Martin Luther King Jr. to Abraham Lincoln.”

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Big shift

Obama pulls even in NH. Polls don’t change that quick without something serious happening. Nationally, Hillary still has a huge lead, but you don’t lose NH and win the war. Guess today has been a pretty good day, overall.

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Editing down

I tried a new track on editing the prose rhythm paper today, because I’ve been faced with a daunting obstacle. I have my eye on a journal that I think would be perfect for it, save that this particular publication requires submissions to be inside of 7,500 words, cites and all. As of this morning,

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Authorial Intent

Today, while I was sitting in my office waiting on students to drop off their writing portfolios, I had an interesting debate of sorts with my officemate, Raven, on the subject of authorial intent. One of my 1010 students was there and chimed in occasionally. We agreed in the end, I think, that authorial intent

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