Monthly Archives: March 2011

Nice Niche Part 2: Exquisite Privilege

As a teacher, I feel like I’m a contestant on  the Race To Mediocrity, a reality show where out-of-context assessment has become a reward challenge and failing to follow the go-along-to-get-along mandate might get me voted off the island. Until that … Continue reading

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Nice Niche Part 1: The Sweetest Sound

Our dominant culture defines privilege by money and stuff. That we recognize the fundamental wonkiness of this belief system, does not keep us from conforming to it. Yet, direct opposition feeds validity to our foe. Better we transcend the arbitrary barrier, … Continue reading

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Adrian McKinty’s Falling Glass

I discovered Adrian McKinty’s Hidden River in the early stages of my Celtic noir addiction, back when I thought I could quit whenever I wanted. Hidden River was a delight, not only because of its poetic prose and wounded protagonist, but because it … Continue reading

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Garth Ennis–Preacher, Richard Kelly– Southland Tales: Two Roads Diverge; Philip K. Dick–Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Vol. 1

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National Sanity Project

Everyone pays lip-service to the fact that  teaching is difficult, but let’s leave that for a while and talk about what’s easy. It’s easy to make decisions. Easy to write  policy. For instance, my school was “awarded” some of the … Continue reading

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Adrian McKinty’s The Dead Yard, The Bloomsday Dead, and A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

I reread Dead Yard and Bloomsday Dead in anticipation of McKinty’s latest, Falling Glass, which released in the UK  this week. Since I have to wait for my copy to make its way across the ocean, I have plenty of time … Continue reading

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