Education Week has an interactive map of where the stimulus money for education went. Hint — a big chunk just went to plug up budget deficits. Check out their Follow the Stimulus map.
This speech made me like Jennifer Aniston just a little bit.
From Louis Menand's essay on creative writing classes:
The workshop is a process, an unscripted performance space, a regime
for forcing people to do two things that are fundamentally contrary to
human nature: actually write stuff (as opposed to planning to write
stuff very, very soon), and then sit there while strangers tear it