Monday, July 15, 2013

Love is fickle; Pot is growing (cartoon)

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Ed De Vere may have written my sonnets
"Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments. / Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds, / Or bends with the remover to remove: / O no! it is an ever-fixed mark / That looks on tempests and is never shaken; / It is the star to every wandering bark, / Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. / Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks / Within his bending sickle's compass come: / Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, / But bears it out even to the edge of doom. / If this be error and upon me proved, / I never writ, nor no man ever loved."
- Edward De Vere / a.k.a. William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Who ruined the humanities?
Lee Siegel (
Who cares, brainiac? (Martin Kirkham)
The number of college students majoring in the humanities is plummeting, according to a big study released last month by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The news has provoked a flood of high-minded essays deploring the development as a symptom and portent of American decline.

But there is another way to look at this supposed revelation. (The number of humanities majors has actually been falling since the 1970s).

The bright side is this: The destruction of the humanities by the humanities is, finally, coming to a halt. No more will literature, as part of an academic curriculum, extinguish the incandescence of literature. No longer will the reading of, say, King Lear or D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love result in the flattening of these transfiguring encounters into just two more elements in an undergraduate career ...multiple-choice quizzes, exam essays, and homework assignments. More + video

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