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Gowanus

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This is one way environmental racism works. Cleaning up the Gowanus Canal in New York? A good thing. Taking the nasty stuff from one wealthy white area of Brooklyn and moving it to a poor area of Brooklyn dominated by African-Americans and Latinos? Deeply problematic. Even if there really isn’t a bad guy here–the EPA […]
STUDENT: It’s so great to get to college and finally have a gay professor. SEK: I bet it is. Ain’t culture shock grand? STUDENT: Absolutely. So what was it like for you in college? SEK: What do you mean? STUDENT: When you first found out one of your professors was gay. SEK: I don’t know […]
To what degree, if at all, should student evaluations and/or complaints be taken into account for the purposes of tenure or post-tenure review? What about judgments regarding a faculty member’s “collegiality”? Consider this story about changing tenure standards at Brooklyn Law School. The Board of Trustees recently adopted “demonstrated incompetence” to the list, defining it […]

Pesto is Besto

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On April 30, 2013

Say it’s somewhere between 5 and 7 in the evening. You’re dead tired and you don’t feel like slaving over a hot stove for an hour. Well, that was the situation I found myself in last

Hello Walls

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On April 30, 2013

Happy 80th to Willie Nelson!! “Hello Walls” is an early classic which Faron Young made a hit long before Willie had his own commercial success. The album from where this comes And Then I W

Kilgore gets it: Suppose it were possible to engineer a permanent national deal (it’s not, but just consider it as a thought experiment) wherein in exchange for a strictly enforced ban on post-viability abortions that didn’t involve direct threats to the life of the mother, we’d also start treating all forms of contraception and pre-viability […]
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