Monthly Archives: February 2012

Review: Adam Wilson’s Flatscreen

Earlier this month, I interviewed Adam Wilson, whose debut novel Flatscreen was just released. I’ve now read the book and can report back. It’s good! I’m biased by knowing him, but I legitimately enjoyed it. Here’s what I wrote on … Continue reading

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CNN’s John King Shouldn’t Run Away From Suggesting The American Public Is Poorly Informed

Yesterday, Politico’s Dylan Byers flagged a statement by CNN’s John King at Wednesday night’s debate, in which King asserted, “The American people don’t often pay attention to what’s going on in the world until they have to.” Byers, who noted … Continue reading

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Jack Shafer Demonstrates The Helpful Curation Needed For Digital Excavation

Last October, I wrote that rather than focusing on the various stories of the day (sorry, I have nothing to say about Jeremy Lin), I was interested in finding “great things that are old but could be new to me on … Continue reading

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A Variation On A Feeling I Often Have In Class

Julian Barnes, speaking to the Paris Review in 2000, on why he was not destined for a career as a philosopher: INTERVIEWER Do you think that one year in PPP has marked your mode of thinking, and therefore your work, … Continue reading

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A Pundit Who Social Scientists Aren’t Ashamed To Include In Their Literature Reviews

For my Public Opinion and Political Socialization class this week, I was assigned the first chapter in Walter Lippman’s classic Public Opinion. This isn’t the first time I’ve come across Lippmann in my time studying political science. Public Opinion is … Continue reading

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Interview Mix: Adam Wilson, A Ribald Replacement For The Last Generation’s Pen Envied Men

Adam Wilson, whose debut novel Flatscreen hits the streets and screens on February 21, is not afraid to admit to the world at large that Marc Bolan’s voice turns him on, sexually. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be too … Continue reading

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A Reminder To Dana Perino That The Bush White House Website Is Archived And Searchable

In the Wall Street Journal this morning, former Solicitor General and current Koch Industries lawyer Ted Olson accused President Obama of holding an “enemies list” because of the criticism his administration has aimed at David and Charles Koch, who contributed … Continue reading

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