Spreadin’ Love

Ed Whelan apologized for outing the blogger formerly known as Publius. Yesterday, Simon Owens interviewed both parties. Henry Farrell and Charli Carpenter weigh in.

Really liked Dan's response to the discussion at Duck of Minerva about the academic life, particularly how grad school can really f*ck with your head.

Amanda Marcotte responds to the Oprah article.

A very moving tribute to the simple life.

25 shocking facts about American high schools.

4 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love

  1. Although Drezner doesn’t really specify how it does f@ck with one’s head. (Not disagreeing that headf@cking does indeed occur.) But it would be nice to get a list of specifics.

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  2. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Mr. Iyer, but the column isn’t as bad as I had thought from the responses I’d seen online. There’s no complete equating of the simple life with Japan in the column–and as someone who’s lived in Japan a few times, I can tell you that the simple life is no guarantee.
    Dealing with ATM hours of operation (man, I used to have to rush to get to one before 3pm a few years ago) is. Yeesh.
    (And TV’s less of a temptation when you can’t understand it, I guess–but NHK has an English audio channel for it’s evening news, and a lot of the foreign movies broadcast let you listen to the dub track, the original, or both: this was standard on my 15-year old TV back in 2005. However, he might have had to know enough Japanese to understand those buttons, I guess.)
    Uprooting yourself seems to be effective in helping along major changes in lifestyle. But when people do a facile equation of Japan or Zen with “simple” I have to laugh. (Okay, Zen is “just sitting” for meditation. But it’s also a huge list of monastic rules and etiquette. Depends on what you’re looking at.) I’d be more open to the argument if he’d done it back at home.

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  3. I think he meant that there are lots of great jobs out there, not just academia. All smart people aren’t academics, and all academics aren’t smart people. But the grad school mentality is that being a professor is the absolute, bestest profession. It makes it difficult to switch gears. He is questioning the choices that people make just to keep their feet in academia.

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  4. I realize that high school drop-out rates are controversial, but the drop-out rates cited in the 25 shocking facts post seem low. Joannejacobs.com has rather different figures. She cites a 69% graduation rate for the class of 2006, with some minority groups having a graduation rate as low as 55%.

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