When—and Why—Did College Course Syllabi Get So Insanely Long?
Classes started last week, but this article needs to be an annual tradition.
When I was an undergrad in the ’90s, there was little more exciting than the first day of class. What will my professor be like? What books will I be reading? How many papers will I have to write? Answers came readily, in the form of a tidy one-page document…
Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist At The ‘Intersection Of Fact And Fable’
Time to watch “Awakenings” again…
The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw “infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations” during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with two interviews from 1985 and 2012.
The Trocadero calendar from fall 1994 was ridiculously awesome – The Key
Long live 1994.
The fall touring season has always been generous to the city of Philadelphia, as this 21-year-old calendar from The Trocadero proves.
Garrison Keillor on retiring, the trouble with nostalgia, and the state of America
Strange to think of Garrison Keillor going off the air, but I’m sure the Professional Organization of English Majors will go on:
“I never was into kitsch, and that’s really the basis of nostalgia: it’s being sentimental about the ordinary. And I don’t feel that way. The America that I feel strongly about is a sort of classic America. I feel very attached to figures in the 19th century long before I came along – writers: Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson. I feel moved by them, more than by people of my own time.
So to me that’s not an America that has gone away. That’s an America that is permanent. I think Thoreau is permanent, I think Emily Dickinson is permanent, and … I’m an English major. I’m talking like an English major.”
It’s cool. I’m an English major, too.
The Prairie Home Companion host is preparing to leave Lake Wobegon – but with plenty of projects in the pipeline, he shows no sign of slowing down