Monthly Archives: February 2010

Rock and Hard Place

When I was in graduate school, I had a strong reaction to Susan Harding’s ethnography of American evangelicals. Partly but not entirely for the sake of argument, I wrote a critique where I claimed that this was a case where … Continue reading

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One Story Is Enough

Why aren’t individual stories good enough? This is a question that has occupied a lot of my time for the past decade. I have a good sense of why various concentrated kinds of intellectual projects (such as social history) have … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Miscellany | 6 Comments

Batman Beyond

Going to geek out a bit here, so skip to the next entry (whenever that comes) if that’s not your kind of thing. There’s a good short piece by Allen Varney at The Escapist about some basic story-telling problems of … Continue reading

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All the Information You Need

I’ve said many times before that I’m sympathetic to families and applicants who find it difficult to get the information they really need to make a decision about where to go to college. At the same time, I’ve suggested that … Continue reading

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Is Our Students Learning?

Over at Crooked Timber, Harry Brighouse calls attention to the curious statement by James O’Keefe, he of Mary Landrieu’s phones and ACORN-pimping infamy, about why he chose to become a conservative while a philosophy major at Rutgers University: his fellow … Continue reading

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