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This House: A Film About a Pre-School Art Teacher

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 6:43 PM

If you're reading the education blog on the Huffington Post, you already know that great teaching continues affecting us long after we leave the classroom. And that's why investment in education is so worthwhile -- the dividends keep coming. The story of unconventional Chicago art educator and artist Jackie...

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Screw Irony: What Jonathan Franzen Learned From David Foster Wallace

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 3:10 PM

Today's most respected and relevant literary critic, James Woods, describes today's most respected and relevant novelist, Jonathan Franzen, as a "cultural ironist, always a twisted adjective ahead of his characters." In keeping with this assessment, Woods places Franzen in a group he has coined the "hysterical realists." Woods explains that...

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Will Kanye Be Relevant In 2060?

(25) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 10:59 AM

I originally wrote this in July, and my friends told me not to post it. They said I was out to lunch for imagining that Kanye West will matter in fifty years. Well, that was July, when Kanye was holed up in Hawaii recovering from the Taylor Swift fiasco.

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Barack on Local TV in 2001 (VIDEO): Reviewing Restaurant, Bewitching Audience

(14) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 6:08 PM

This video is magic. It's a previously lost episode of "Check, Please!" a show on Chicago's PBS affiliate from 2001. A host and three regular people chat about a restaurant. One of those...

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If Rappers Were Colleges: Analogies You WON'T Find on the SAT

(127) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 2:47 PM

Try explaining your college in a few words to someone who isn't in-the-know. It's a delicate business. Why not do the obvious and compare your institution of higher learning with a popular rapper?

Here are my favorite examples... What do you think? Have better ideas? Come up with your...

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