Month: January 2008

Why do homework?

“Why should I do homework if it isn’t going to be graded?” It’s tough to give a convincing answer to that question. Typically we point out that homework helps you learn, but that answer goes only so far. We may… Read More ›

The Yiddish Policeman's Union

Just finished listening to the audiobook of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, by Michael Chabon. This hybrid novel fits squarely in the hardboiled-detective genre — except that it also fits into the alternative-history genre. The premise is that the state of… Read More ›

Achilles and Odysseus

A really interesting report on NPR’s All Things Considered the other day dealt with two different but intertwingled issues. One was the psychological reality of fictional characters. Some readers challenge the appropriateness of discussing the sexual orientation of Dumbledore, on… Read More ›