Monthly Archives: July 2011

Welcome to the CPL

Sometimes high school students refuse to apply to large universities because they don’t want graduate students teaching them. I’m not sure whether the documentary film “The Parking Lot Movie” would change their minds, but it’s a hell of a lot … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage

I’m hitting the road with my family this week. It’s an annual thing, a ritual of love and madness, a three-week car trip from New England to the Deep South in the dead of summer. It’s senseless and grueling, soothing … Continue reading

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E-migrations: On the iPad 2 and the Amish

This week I joined the swelling ranks of iPad 2 users. Mine’s work-issued, and my learning curve is a little steeper than others’. The “quick & easy” startup and registration took me more than an hour, as I labored to … Continue reading

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Hadzic Arrested

Good news today: the arrest of Goran Hadzic. Many thanks to Ajla Delkic, executive director for the Bosniak American Advisory Council for Bosnia & Herzegovina, for issuing the press release that first brought the news to my attention.

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Blog Launch

Looking for a blog that doesn’t reek of self-importance? This could be it. Or not. I’ve been at this for a week now, out of a desire to stay in close connection with family, friends, and colleagues far and near. … Continue reading

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Religion and the Republican Candidates: Pulse Check

This summer I’ve been treating myself to the first season of “Friday Night Lights” on DVD, thanks to a gift from my brother, Erik, an English professor at Grinnell College. Maybe he’ll blog someday about the elements of Shakespearean tragedy … Continue reading

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Confessions

Last night I crashed on the couch, kids sound asleep, planning to space out in front of the Major League All-Star Game. I got waylaid by Frontline’s episode on “The Norfolk Four,” a riveting, harrowing portrait of individual irrationalities and … Continue reading

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