Back to School Links

Mandatory pre-semester activities start tomorrow, which means that I’ll have to get up early tomorrow–I’m even setting my alarm–and that I’ll likely have a difficult time falling asleep tonight.  I have a blog entry or two on the back burner, but for now some links:

  • This political video, Republicans and Military Men on John McCain, offers a pretty dramatic reminder of what a McCain foreign policy might look like. In addition to citing some of the usual clips (McCain singing “Bomb Iran,” McCain promising “more wars”), there are one or two pretty startling moments.  The big one for me: Pat Buchanan saying that McCain would make V.P. Dick Cheney “look like Gandhi.”  The background music, from Requiem for a Dream, is a bit overdone for my tastes, but this a great use of the web video format.
  • Jeff Sneider posted some interesting links on the Thompson on Hollywood blog, including Stephanie Zacahrek’s Salon article on “blockbuster fatigue,” which I’ll confess to feeling at some point in April, soon after I saw Speed Racer (which I actually sort of liked). Hoping to write something longer on Zacharek’s article later.
  • Sujewa has a poster up for the indie film bloggers doc.  If you look carefully, you can see me inside the “O” in road.  Here’s another poster where I am little more visible.
  • David blogged about his work on a new Okkervil River documentary (here’s the trailer), which I can’t wait to see.   I loved their last album and have enjoyed what I’ve heard from the new one quite a bit.
  • Chris has a thoughtful post on Errol Morris’s latest discussion of documentary, photography, and manipulation.  Like Chris, I think Morris’s essay would be interesting to teach.  Hoping to get back to that in a blog post as well.


  1. Chris Said,

    August 13, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

    Back to school? Mid-August? How uncivilized!

    I’m feeling lucky we don’t start til after Labor Day this year, though I’m already feeling the rush coming on.

    Thanks for the link, by the way. I really need to remember to read Morris’s Times blog more.

  2. Chuck Said,

    August 14, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

    Just realized I hadn’t responded to this. We start classes on Thursday of next week (Friday, in my case). Yeah, it’s awfully early, but I think we finish pretty early, too. IIRC, our last day of class is December 6.

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