Blue Jasmine

I think Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is his best film since 1995’s Mighty Aphrodite, making it his best in the last twenty years or so. He’s made quite a few very good films since then, and with Blue Jasmine Allen isn’t attempting anything that he didn’t also attempt in Match Point and similar films. This film is not by any means a departure for Allen. It’s his latest attempt at tragedy. What makes it stand out is that he hit his target perfectly this time. His other films aren’t bad, but compared to this one, they’re very near misses at best. Blue Jasmine is a fairly transparent … Continue reading Blue Jasmine

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An Era of Neglect – Special Reports – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is running a series of articles in this issue about the state of higher education and the history that led us to its current state. The short version is that economic downturns and private sector commitments to paying as little taxes as possible has led to cuts in state budgets. Rises in tuition costs are exactly proportional in many cases to cuts in state budgets for education, and in order to drive up admissions, colleges are increasingly investing in sports and amenities rather than in qualified educators. The result is that the business sector is getting what … Continue reading An Era of Neglect – Special Reports – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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