But if Darth Vader got his hands on the Elder Wand AND the Ring of Power….

You can always tell it’s March Madness time when everyone starts breaking out tournament brackets for everything imaginable. And we hopelessly nonathletic nerds will not be left out of the fun! So Half-Price Books is running an online “Tournament of Villains,” a bracket of evil that includes baddies from film, literature, and comic books, mostly … More But if Darth Vader got his hands on the Elder Wand AND the Ring of Power….

Daily Show: Borders Goes Out of Business

The Daily Show‘s correspondent John Hodgman suggests that to save bookstores from closing (as Borders has recently done, we might try altering the in-store “entertainment”: 1st collector for Daily Show: Borders Goes Out of Business Follow my videos on vodpod ‎”Instead of hosting ‘readings’, why not host exciting live ‘writings’? Bring the author in, tie … More Daily Show: Borders Goes Out of Business

The Current History of the Future of Publishing: Margaret Atwood speaks at the Tools of Change conference

This is a phenomenal presentation — from Margaret Atwood! — on the changes taking place in the publishing industry… and why we shouldn’t freak out about it. My favorite bit is her definition of “publishing,” because the rest of this presentation stems from that one seminal idea, and it’s awesome. The video of her presentation … More The Current History of the Future of Publishing: Margaret Atwood speaks at the Tools of Change conference

Small stone #12

Watching time wheel past in wild fast-forward, shadows spinning in the trees, I feel grounded and profoundly still. I’m participating in the River of Stones project in January. Look for a new post each day. Click the badge at left for more details.

Bad Writing

Point me to the advance ticket sales, please! Dan Chaon posted this on his Facebook page, which is where I found it.  Sounds like a fantastic (and potentially depressing) jaunt into cold, blinding reality.  A bit like “the Bulwer-Lytton contest meets 90% of all graduate writing workshops.”  Which is exactly how I’d have pitched this. … More Bad Writing

“Humanities in higher education is under attack.”

Pursuant to last Thursday’s post about Peter Thiel’s plan to destroy higher education, I offer this:  simultaneously the funniest and the most depressing commentary on academia I’ve seen in ages. Xtranormal | Text-to-Movie So you Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities , posted with vodpod This video might, in fact, look familiar, because … More “Humanities in higher education is under attack.”