A One-Item List for Tenure-Track Faculty | Sad Iron

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Great article by a long-time faculty member.

A One-Item List for Tenure-Track Faculty | Sad Iron.

Dave Barry Learns Everything You Need to Know About Being a Husband From Reading 50 Shades of Grey | TIME

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Two things that you never want to happen to you:

1. Dave Barry reviews your book.

2. Dave Barry reviews your book.

This book review is the funniest thing I’ve read in some time. Since he’s reviewing 50 Shades, of course, it may be a bit explicit for some readers, but even that is funny.

Barry reviews books like they did in the old days, back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when book reviewing was a bloodsport. He doesn’t get as personal as the older reviewers sometimes did, but he certainly has fun going after the book.

Dave Barry Learns Everything You Need to Know About Being a Husband From Reading 50 Shades of Grey | TIME.

Poem: “The New Colossus Reinvented”

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"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
As I bury them under my golden floor!"

Poem: “Stigmata”

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My empty hands, shaped
perfectly to the contours 
of her total abs-
Written July 19, 2014
© James Rovira 2014

Tally Hall: “Haiku”

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Fun song just passed along to me from one of my former students…

And the lyrics:

I have been trying
To write a haiku for you
Some things I just can't do

Maybe you're beyond
Ancient Asian poetry
Or maybe it's just me

I have been trying
To get this haiku just right
All night for you alright

I'm through!

Maybe this poem
Was lost in the sauce we spilled
That never got refilled

I've never thought much
Of formulaic verse anyway
And rhymes are not my fort–

I have been trying
To get this haiku just right
All night for you alright

I'm through!

I'm trying not to try too hard
But you're hard to write down right
So I pen these trite attempts
At haikus for you tonight

La da dee diddum
Lada da dum doo diddle
Dum doo la dee do

There that's sufficient
I wrote a haiku for you

Well I tried at least
And that's not so bad
I'm working here
Can that be said for you?

I'm trying not to try too hard
But you're hard to write down right
So I pen these trite attempts
At haikus for you tonight

Words don't work like Webster says
They trip me up all night
I'm just trying to write for you
But you're hard to write down right

RIP: Johnny Winter

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Great blues and rock guitarist Johnny Winter passed away at age 70.

I’ve always loved his cover of “Highway 61 Revisited”

And I love how much he uses the lower registers in his lead guitar here:

His most famous song is probably “Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo,” but many of us under 50 or so might have originally heard that as a Rick Derringer hit:

And of course “Johnny B. Goode” — but man he shreds on this song:

And I think I like his cover of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” better than the original. It’s followed up with his brother Edgar’s performance of “Frankenstein.” I’m pretty sure Derringer is up there on stage too: