this weeks’ nom reader

Second week of classes have been better, but the number of links… well not necessarily. My passport and UK visa, which I thought was lost in the mail, came back to me in time for this weekend’s trip to Belfast. My first convention. Oh, dear.

But, here is what has been going on this week:

A very interesting essay on the Chronicle Review by Kenneth Goldsmith touching on creative writing, uncreative writing, plagiarism and related issues. Do read it.

– Prepare to laugh a little. Here are the winners of best student metaphors and analogies found in actual school papers. The full list is here. But here are two gems:

He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

Or maybe not. Turns out this is from the washington post from 1999? . No idea where they are originally from. They are none-the-less hilarious.

– Gender Across Borders has an interesting series about Stigma, Shame and Sexuality. Do take a look.

– And leaving you with a very heart-warming video of 50 people answering one question: What is your favorite memory?

Enjoy your weekend, I know I will.


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