Wednesday, January 26, 2022

First Paragraph

A few years ago, the University of California system published a document on "microaggressions." In a section titled "myth of meritocracy," one of the supposedly offensive remarks listed was "I believe the most qualified person should get the job." That statement, according to the primer on microaggressions that was also provided in the document, is a "snub" or an "insult."

- From Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education by Ilana Redstone and John Villasenor

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."


 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Uptalk Alert

 


When Escape Becomes Thinking


 When I want to think about a project, one of my best strategies is to engage in an activity completely unrelated to the project - walking, yard work, etc. - so thinking about the project becomes a pleasant diversion from the task at hand.

Geography's Role

 


In the Stack

 


First Paragraph

A fourteen-year-old girl sits cross-legged on the floor of a circular vault. A mass of curls haloes her head; her socks are full of holes. This is Konstance.

- From Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr