Critical Linking: March 29th, 2013


I find myself thinking, with every post I make on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr or the internet at large, “Oh, here’s further evidence for the future religious dictator-oppressors to use against me! But it’s not like I haven’t given them enough already, so what the hell.”

Life imitating art? Art imitating life? Art imitating life imitating art?


Ayn Rand was no fan of C.S. Lewis. She called the famous apologist an “abysmal bastard,” a “monstrosity,” a “cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-meta­physical mediocrity,” a “pickpocket of concepts,” and a “God-damn, beaten mystic.”

Takes one to know one.


In 2009 Uman, then based in NYC, happened upon an illustration by Vidali through a friend. Deeply moved by the image, Uman felt compelled to reach out to Vidali and introduce herself. The initial email revealed two things: neither spoke the other’s language, and they both adored each other’s work. So from there the two began a longstanding correspondence by way of Google Translate. Although separated by land, sea and language, the two grew close and Vidali decided to travel to the US for the first time to meet Uman in person. On the eve of his visit he wrote Uman one last time, mentioning the tale of Jemmy Button and how it hadn’t left his mind since the moment they first made contact.

An almost unbelievable collaboration that seems to have resulted in a pretty cool book.


This is not a good sign for online education: 72 percent of professors who have taught Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) don’t believe that students should get official college credit, even if they did well in the class.

Now, is that really a fault of the online course, or the fault of the professor?

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