Sand in the Gears

Cheaper by the dozen

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 Posted in Curmudgeonry | Comments Off on Cheaper by the dozen

There is a difference between being anti-intellectual and being anti-intellect, and this is where Russell Jacoby foundered, in his essay last year about the lack of intellectualism among conservatives. As Peter Lawler notes, it's shoddily done for want of defining ...

The cowardice of the Chronicle

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

So The Chronicle of Higher Education has seen fit to fire Naomi Schaefer Riley for criticizing the state of what passes for "Black Studies" in American universities. There's no need to break that down here, Jonathan Last has a telling ...

On Conservatives as Rapists

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

It used to be required, of an intellectual seeking to hold forth on an idea, that he define his terms. Words are slippery things, after all. But then so are intellectuals, and perhaps this is why they often play faster ...

On the conservative as warmonger

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 2 Comments »

The problem with political science professor Corey Robin's claim that warmongering is woven into the DNA of conservatives is that he can't seem to define his subject. One minute a conservative is a Burkean, the next he's a tea-partier, then ...

Suffer in silence, please

Friday, September 3rd, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 2 Comments »

It just never gets old, the article by an academic detailing all the work that academics have to do. Rob Faunce offers the latest installment: We have to plan for our courses weeks in advance. We have papers to grade. ...

The NCAA’s hypocrisy

Saturday, August 7th, 2010 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 1 Comment »

Here's a shocking bit of news: rather than go with calls for coaches to have their performance evaluations tied to the graduation rate of their players, the NCAA has opted for a metric that sounds valuable, but instead simply measures ...