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The request for an apology is a clear indication of a person’s likelihood to be eaten first in a zombie apocalypse. That is, if the zombies can stomach the sense of entitlement and degree of self-importance.

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Last year I mentioned that I had three great academic moments while in college. The first pertained to a poem that I wrote. The second (and perhaps my favorite) pertained to a Toni Morrison novel. Here is the third. My first English class at Trinity College was Feminist Literary Criticism. Four female students plus me…

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Yesterday a former student stopped by my class to say hello. He stood awkwardly in front of me for a second until his friend told me that he wanted a hug. Nothing was wrong. He just hadn’t seen me in a long time and missed me.  And he had told his friend as much on…

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Lemmings don’t leap off cliffs and commit commit suicide as they migrate.  It turns out that the phrase “like lemmings to the sea” is nonsense.  The metaphor derives from the 1958 Academy Award winning Disney film White Wilderness, in which staged footage was shown with lemmings jumping to their death in a scene of faked…

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A quick update on yesterday’s post by the same name: It turns out that as I was writing my list, Jason Bailey at Flavorpill was making a list as well, and his is complete with video trailers, which makes my list look considerably less impressive. Of course, his story can only be read by clicking…

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My sister tweeted this: I’ve had my license for 20 years and I always thought that the larger vehicle always had the right of way. Apparently that’s only true at sea. This is not surprising. I took my sister out for her first driving lesson when she was sixteen. We drove around the cemetery where…

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I just finished reading Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. The movie, as you may know, is a classic. Genuinely great. And I feared that this would be one of those rare instances that the film is better than the book. I almost didn’t read the book for this very reason. I bypassed it several times,…

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