What prompted Israeli authorities to shoot someone’s laptop? How do you fight a war on behalf of a country that doesn’t want it? Answers to these questions and more in today’s list.
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Turning Dissertations Into Books
During the American Anthropological Association conference last week, I spent a lot of time in the book exhibit. But I wasn’t just checking out the newest anthro titles, which can be its own small joy, especially when friends and mentors have new offerings to share.
Are Movie Directors Overrated?
“Directing a movie is a very overrated job, we all know it. You just have to say yes or no. What else do you do? Nothing. ‘Maestro, should this be red?’ Yes. ‘Green?’ No. ‘More extras?’ Yes. ‘More lipstick?’ No. Yes. No. Yes. No. That’s directing.”
Who Owns That University Lecture?
Plenty of Harvard graduates have traded on the fame and prestige of their alma mater, but few have done so the way Andrew Magliozzi has. ...
The Biology of Music: Why We Like What We Like
As a rule, humans are very picky about their music. I don’t mean stylistic choices. Whether you like country, western or both is up to you. I’m talking about something more basic than that.
War and Public Opinion
Fighting wars without public support or for undisclosed reasons is profoundly undemocratic.
The Bauhaus Restored
The Bauhaus lasted exactly as long as Germany’s Weimar Republic (1919–1933) and is its principal cultural achievement. But the revolutionary school of art and design is also an achievement of modernism itself, for it answered a most vexing question ...
Can India and Pakistan Fight Terror Together?
Inseparable by geography, Pakistan and India are Siamese twins that have emerged together from the womb of history. For better or for worse, their futures will always remain inextricably tied together.
Why ACORN Won
On Dec. 11, a federal judge ruled that Congress had unconstitutionally cut off all federal funds to ACORN.
Learning to Hate Learning Objectives
Like many of my colleagues, I assume, I’m growing deeply frustrated with the need for “learning objectives”—that list of superficial projections and assumptions that most syllabi these days are required to contain (“Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to … ”).
Open Access Encyclopedias
Can an information source that is free also be reliable? Or does the price of content always reflect its value?
Saints Fans Shoot Man’s TV to Settle Bet
A Louisiana man who bet against the New Orleans Saints has lost his 60-inch high-definition, flat-screen TV to a backyard firing squad, but he also became an Internet star.