Gravity's Rainbow

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Sometimes I worry that I shouldn’t be in graduate school, that because my migraines may make the standard tenure track job impossible for me, I should be pursuing something else. But I’ve watched so many talented friends flounder for months or years on the job market working soul sucking jobs with employers who think you should pay for the privilege of working for them. I like graduate school and it’s paying me enough to get by and beat back my student loans a bit. Why would I quit now? I’ve written a bit more about this over on Tenure, She Wrote.


Stuff worth reading

Is Organic Agriculture ‘Affluent Narcissism?’

How murderers tell stories: director Joshua Oppenheimer on ‘The Act of Killing’

What happens during the dying process?

Does Europe Exist? Skepticism is a nicer word than hatred: say what you mean and be careful of the spelling.

These two 15-year-olds chased down a kidnapper on their bikes Teenagers are people. Often awesome people.

Whistleblowing Is the New Civil Disobedience: Why Edward Snowden Matters A protest I would go to

Could Photosynthesis Be Our Best Defense Against Climate Change? Soil will save us!

Stuff worth reading

Why Don’t Americans Take More Vacations? Blame It on Independence Day History ruins all the holidays.

Is long-term solitary confinement torture? We jail and torture an enormous proportion of our population.

Marion Bartoli wins Wimbledon, defeating Sabine Lisicki <3

Dwelling on the positives The tenure track is hard, but if you love it, it might be worth it.

Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality I’m starting to use people’s opinion of /Lean In/ to gauge assholishness.

The Straight, White Dudes’ Guide to Discussing Diversity This is also good advice for people who want to make apps that are not a giant waste of time.