Links: Jeff Sypeck’s Looking Up, sex and writing, the latest Duke girl, Charles Simic, A Star in a Bottle

* Jeff Sypeck’s book Looking Up: Poems from the National Cathedral Gargoyles, which I enjoyed despite being the totally wrong audience; usually I don’t enjoy poetry and especially contemporary poetry but Looking Up works.

* “A Star in a Bottle: An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe. But time is running out.” This is one of the best articles I’ve read recently.

* “Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex? Because it’s easier to titillate, shock, and lie than to get at the messy truth about female desire.” I disagree with the premise of the headline, but fortunately the article is more interesting than the headline implies.

* “I’m The Duke University Freshman Porn Star And For The First Time I’m Telling The Story In My Words,” a story that ought not to be a story. I’ll also note that if she really wrote this she’d be among the top 3% of students I taught, although I don’t buy her blaming of things on “the patriarchy;” in my experience and the experience of many women, other women are much worse to women in situations like hers than men are.

* Charles Simic: What’s Left of My Books.

* The Endangered Art of the Movie Novelization.

* Wisconsin tires of public-sector union rent-seeking and offers a model for other states.

2 responses

  1. Great links this week. I wasn’t sure I agreed with your critique of the Duke freshman blaming the patriarchy, but thought about it more and I guess I can see an explanation more rooted in women policing each other to keep sex as a scarce…’resource’ I suppose, to compete with each other for men on that. Though I suppose some Women’s Studies majors might call that just an attitude taught and reinforced by the patriarchy. My guess is that the volume of attention to that student might be overwhelmed by men, but perhaps her female critics might be more individually intense. Don’t have much experience with this kind of thing first- or second- (or third- etc.) hand though.

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