Sunday, January 13, 2013

Digressions, 1/13/13

Searching for a certain kind of popular criticism to send to a student as an example, I found something more interesting right at home on Killing the Buddha: my pal S. Brent Plate's essay on suburbs and God (also, Arcade Fire and Douglas Coupland).

Caleb Crain's New Yorker obituary for (of?) Aaron Swartz, the activist who committed suicide while facing a felony prosecution for hacking JSTOR academic articles to make them available to everyone.

A short tabloid article about Courtni Webb, a high school student suspended for writing a poem about understanding Newtown killer Adam Lanza's rage and sense of powerlessness.