I’m off to the Western Historical Association annual meeting in Denver today–while I’m out here are some interesting items to keep you thinking:
- First up, listen to this interesting interview with Michael Chabon, who compares family life to fandom: parents are the “main texts,” and their children are creators of fan fiction. (Go to about 7:30 in the interview). He also sees fandom as something essential to the human condition (25:00).
- The C-Rox are heading home for game 3 of the playoffs this weekend with a victory under their belts. I hope the Phillies bring their long underwear and their footie pajamas, ‘cos it’s butt-cold at 5,280 feet elevation this weekend!
- P-Krug has the wisdom: “The rise of American education was, overwhelmingly, the rise of public education — and for the past 30 years our political scene has been dominated by the view that any and all government spending is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Education, as one of the largest components of public spending, has inevitably suffered.” Like our crumbling roads and bridges, education is a vital component of our infrastructure. We’ve been living off of fumes from the massive investments of the postwar period–we can either retreat to live within walled cities, or get busy paying taxes, friends.
- Shakesville revives some of your worst sonic nightmares by asking, “What hit song, played on a loop during the height of its popularity, made you want to throw your radio out the window every time it came on?” I can’t decide between “Seasons in the Sun,” “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero,” anything from R.E.O. Speedwagon, and “Who let the dogs out?” They’re all so incredibly bad, why pick just one? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
- Speaking of fans, annoying tunes, and the wisdom–check out this cool t-shirt, above right. (Click here for more intel.) Don’t you want one, too? They come in all colors, sizes, and styles for women and men, too, at T-Shirt Hell. (Sorry–this style is not available in babies’ or children’s models, which is too bad because I would kill for a black onesie with this logo. H/t to Homostorian Americanist, who brought this item to my attention by wearing a men’s version of it this week which made me very envious.)