Category Archives: Optional Readings

Friday Links

Spiders tune their webs like guitar strings. Very short video; worth the click. This upcoming Macbeth movie looks potentially pretty cool. Sounds like David Foster Wallace’s essay “Consider the Lobster” caused more than a couple of arguments with his editor. … Continue reading

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Cool Story

Over at Slate they have a pretty good essay about how the word “cool” changed over time, from its origins in African-American subculture, through its place in ’60s and ’70s youth culture, to a concept that crosses ethnic, gender, and … Continue reading

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Sleep Tonight. Crush the Test Tomorrow.

In case you think I’m kidding about going to bed early tonight, here are a few links about the importance of adolescents getting sufficient sleep. For example this, from PBS:  In experiments done at Harvard Medical School and Trent University … Continue reading

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Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

Here’s the web video I mentioned, by Anita Sarkeesian: “Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games.” If you like her work, go visit her blog. What’s a trope? Here’s a short answer. Here’s a longer … Continue reading

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Exposition by Analogy: Michio Kaku on Big Think

Want to know what string theory is? Michio Kaku will tell you, but he might break your brain doing so.

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Peter Singer on Big Think

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A Few Good Book Reviews

Here are the three book review essays I discussed in class this morning: Diane Ravitch, “Schools We Can Envy.” Hugh Eakin, “Will Saudi Arabia Ever Change?” Andrew Hacker, “How He Got It Right.” And here’s another interesting one: “Single Women … Continue reading

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