Wednesday, January 28, 2009

R. I. P. John Updike

"If I can read this strange old guy’s mind aright, he’s drinking a toast to the visible world, his impending disappearance from it be damned."
-- The Full Glass

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The FoCo Blog

Something a little lighter than book reviews and ruminations on recession... An enterprising Dartmouth student identifying himself as only "FoCo Patron X" has started a tongue-in-cheek (maybe?) food blog about the culinary delights of Food Court, complete with color photos of the half-eaten meals. It is pretty amusing. Freshmen, listen up: your days of wondering what on earth comprises a "Jo-Yo" or "The Rachel" are over.

Latest TDR Online: Dartmouth Review of Books

The latest issue of The Dartmouth Review is online, featuring our annual Dartmouth Review of Books! Highlights:

* Editor-in-Chief Emily Smith-Esfahani, on Dartmouth's Economic Woes
* Canonical books for job-seekers: Hygiene, and Manners
* Robert Bork's Latest Collection and books covering Two Unnecessary Wars
* Sherman Alexie comes to town, Rome and Jerusalem's Contentious Past, and a Summertime in Siberia
* The Week in Review and the Last Word on two subjects: Recession, and Books.

TDR Article: Alexie Keys Off MLK Day Celebrations

New TDR Article: Alexie Keys Off MLK Day Celebrations

Yet Alexie, for all his wit, was unable to deliver what one should expect from this type of speech: a motivating, central narrative that reminds us again of why we honor Dr. King’s life every January.

TDR Editorial: Let the Market Decide

New TDR Editorial, by Editor-in-Chief Emily Smith-Esfahani: Let the Market Decide

The free market has been getting a lot of bad press these days. However, as a publication that prides itself on the slogan that any publicity is good publicity, it is only natural for us at The Review to appeal to the free market to solve the College’s economic woes.

TDR Article: OurGreen Is Your Green

New TDR Article: OurGreen Is Your Green

The Dartmouth community is about to get a major upgrade in the realm of Internet connectivity. OurGreen, a website designed by a group of College students, promises an easy interface for student groups to build professional looking websites and for students to keep track of groups and events which are of interest to them.

TDR Article: Rome and Jerusalem at Odds

New TDR Article: Rome and Jerusalem at Odds

The historical events as narrated by Goodman indicate that were it not for a peculiar series of events the fate of Jews within the Roman Empire (and therefore Europe) may have been very different. There was not a great ideological showdown, nor a titanic battle of worldviews.

TDR Article: Summertime in Siberia

New TDR Article: Summertime in Siberia

Card has accomplished something that is equally important, producing writing that is enjoyable to read but gives an audience plenty of worthwhile things to ponder.

TDR Article: Wood Comes Down Hard

New TDR Article: Wood Comes Down Hard

James Wood’s newest book doesn’t disappoint. He breaks down literary conventions with startling ease, allowing the reader to peek around inside and to become better idea with their inner workings. One can’t help but come away a better, closer reader.

TDR Article: Science Fiction for the Family Man

New TDR Article: Science Fiction for the Family Man

The works of Solzhenitsyn fell from the foreground in the literary world just as the Cold War struggle against totalitarianism was relegated to dusty memory in the realms of political thought and academia.

TDR Article: Cribs: The Gulag Edition

New TDR Article: Cribs: The Gulag Edition

Gyatso credits his survival to his religion, reminding himself for those thirty-two years that “physical restraints [are] only the outward sign of imprisonment; I still [have] the power to give my thoughts free rein”.

TDR Article: Two Roads Ever Diverge in the Wood

New TDR Article: Two Roads Ever Diverge in the Wood: The Necessity of a Liberal Arts Curriculum

Meeting together weekly to read Xenophon and pleased with our first teaching duties, the other professors and I thought nothing could be better for our students than to read some great books together.

TDR Article: Hygiene, Workers-of-the-World-Style

New TDR Article: Hygiene, Workers-of-the-World-Style

Hygiene for the Worker’s preface notes that “to equip the worker to care for himself under actual working conditions as they exist to-day and to add to his happiness and efficiency are the two purposes of this book.”

TDR Article: Bork Speaks Truth to Power

New TDR Article: Bork Speaks Truth to Power

One recurring theme, particularly in more recent articles, is the culture war. Bork perceives and decries a growth of the ideas of radical egalitarianism and radical individualism.

TDR Article: Two Unnecessary and Disastrous Wars

New TDR Article: Two Unnecessary and Disastrous Wars

At the time I was certain we would prevail.

I did not know our goal was unachievable.

TDR Article: Budget Cuts Panel (January 8, 2009)

New TDR Article: Budget Cuts Panel (January 8, 2009)

Dartmouth now awaits the result of the Western union playoffs to see which team they will face in the national championships in the spring.

TDR Article: Rugby Secures Spot in Nationals

New TDR Article: Rugby Secures Spot in Nationals

Dartmouth now awaits the result of the Western union playoffs to see which team they will face in the national championships in the spring.

TDR Article: Forever Poor: Wright Reflects on Tenure

An Article in the latest TDR: Forever Poor: Wright Reflects on Tenure

Now it’s Obama’s turn. The massive stimulus package he is proposing, 700 billion dollars plus the 350 billion dollars left over from the Paulson stimulus—but now to be more wisely spent—looks like the Second New Deal.

TDR Article: Dartmouth and the Recession

An Article in the latest TDR: Dartmouth and the Recession

Now it’s Obama’s turn. The massive stimulus package he is proposing, 700 billion dollars plus the 350 billion dollars left over from the Paulson stimulus—but now to be more wisely spent—looks like the Second New Deal.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Results of SA Student Budget Survey

Tough economic times call for sensible belt-tightening?

The results, when asked which were the most important elements of a student's Dartmouth experience, are exactly what you'd expect if you've ever been on the Dartmouth campus (Asian and International students ranked Career Services more important that both DDS and traditions like Homecoming and Winter Carnival, for example). Naturally, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership fared quite poorly, and the Student Assembly has recommended that it be eliminated or drastically restructured. This has met with some degree of emotional outrage, as is to be expected.

Student Budget Survey

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Geithner '83 in tax trouble?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mr. Obama's nominee for Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner '83, may not have paid Social Security and Medicare taxes for a number of years, and seems to have a housekeeper with no immigration papers.

And here's Reuters with a summary of the debt.

TAX YEAR TOTAL TAX AND INTEREST

2001 $ 3,320

2002 $22,650

2003 $14,430

2004 $ 2,302

TOTAL $42,702


Change We Can Believe In

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Back in the Swing of Things

Academia is a strange, surreal place:

Of course, not every sexual exchange at an academic conference ends with both parties happy. Israel Reyes, an associate professor of Spanish at Dartmouth College, noted that some of the sex (or attempts to get sex) at academic conferences is sexual harassment.


The whole article ('Tricks of the Trade') is pretty good for a chuckle.