Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fortnight in Links (Rescue Owl Edition)

Once again, Wikipedia rejects the validity of primary sources. There isn't a transcript of this NPR story, but it's worth a listen. It's a really striking example and hits the right tone to be able to use in a classroom discussion of why Wikipedia isn't a valid source, in addition to raising some more general questions about the uses and abuses of history:

Wikipedia Policies Limit Editing Haymarket Bombing

In continuing news of the New York Public Library, apparently the man who tried to take all our books away was seen, in his capacity as the president of Amherst, as "arrogant, and talked too much about democracy when his management style was fairly autocratic." Sounds...familiar. Also, he's apparently copped a guilty plea for drunk driving.

The Education of Tony Marx 

Writing novels isn't going to bring peace to the Middle East:

Writers, Politics and 'Peace'

It didn't help much in the ancient or early medieval worlds, either, but the versions keep coming, oddly enough, from great modern fantasy writers: Last year saw C.S. Lewis' Aeneid, and next year will bring Tolkien's Arthur.

'New' JRR Tolkien Epic Due Out Next Year

I desperately hope that the image that goes with this story is a stock photo and that people aren't trying to pass off what is clearly a modern book as something else:

Yemeni Man Claims Finding Oldest Quran Copy

I remember reading a book as a child in which the protagonist was advised that she was treading the fine line between brave and foolhardy. The author of this anti-academy manifesto has clearly veered off in one direction or the other, but I"m not sure which.

Resigning So As Not To Become Resigned

Advice for Academic Technologists:

Advice on Academic Blogging, Tweeting, Whatever

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