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What a Visiting Yankee Learned on the UK Election Trail

Greer Feick | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greer Feick

In a country that many Americans associate with endless NHS waiting lines, and sluggish bureaucracy, local election campaigns are well-oiled machines in the UK.

Great Self Worth

Jimmy Demers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jimmy Demers

Sometimes in life, we are given things which, when used with the right intention, become sacred gifts that remind us of our own great self worth.

Oxford Professor Of Poetry Position Awarded To Geoffrey Hill By Landslide

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

His academic credentials and plethora of literary prizes have meant that Geoffrey Hill has been the frontrunner for the post of Oxford Professor of Po...

The Future of Poetry: Reflections From An Oxford Professorship Candidate

The Guardian | Stephen Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The winner of the election to decide the Oxford professor of poetry will be announced today, with the victor almost certain to be Geoffrey Hill. In a ...

Oxford Poetry Professorship Creates Controversy As Last Female Cadidate Withdraws

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Last year Nobel laureate Derek Walcott pulled out of the election for Oxford professor of poetry; now the only woman standing in this year's contest, ...

New Zealnd's Kauri Trees Hold Ancient Climate Record That Could Be Lost Within 10 Years

Treehugger | David DeFranza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Buried in New Zealand's peat bogs are more than 30,000 ancient climate records containing data that spans back to the last ice age. This data, stored ...

British Poets Fight It Out For Oxford Professor Of Poetry Position

The Independent | Cahal Milmo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Endgame of one of the most acrimonious literary spats in recent times began yesterday when one of the nation's most divisive poets revered for his...

British Universities Need to Invest to Be the Best

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Azeem Ibrahim

In the long term, what makes universities good is having enough money to pay for better facilities, better teachers and research academics, and better administrators.

British Poets Step Up Their Game In Race For Oxford Poetry Professor Position; Race 'Gets Serious'

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Promises to use poetry as a "weapon, bloodsoaked and glinting" and plans for a poetry slam contest suggest the competition for the role of Oxford poet...

Juan Mendez on International Human Rights

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

"The U.N. simply does not have adequate support of the world powers," Juan E. Mendez told me. Coming from anyone, this might be less important. From...

Why Are Some People Atheists?

New Scientist | Lois Lee and Stephen Bullivant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

If religion comes so naturally to us, why are so many people, especially in western Europe, apparently resistant to it? New Scientist calls for scient...

Ian McEwan's New Fiction: The Use of Poetry

The New Yorker | Ian McEwan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It surprised no one to learn that Michael Beard had been an only child, and he would have been the first to concede that he'd never quite got the hang...

Does the Ivy League Turn You Into a Moron? Walter Kirn Critiques Princeton in "Lost in the Meritocracy"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Walter Kirn, author of the novels Up in the Air and Mission to America, has written the most enticing recent indictment of education in this country.

The NY Times Made Me Do It

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

The nation's journal of record; America's first draft of history; the Grey Lady, -- the New York Times -- got it wrong and that the crowd-sourced, open-source, oft-criticized Wikipedia got it right.

Hope Runs: Helping Orphans Find Their Footing

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

With the current economy, people are turning inward and thinking about themselves. I think one thing people can do is go on one of these transformational trips, or volunteer to do something.

Six Billion Reasons To Get Out of Bed Each Day

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

With all the bad news about, you may feel like pulling the covers up over your head and waiting until it's over. That thought has certainly crossed my...

Where My Mind Went After the Debate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'm glad that Senator Obama brought domestic issues to a foreign policy debate, because fixing "home" would alter our foreign relations.

An Honest Appraisal of Tonight's Debate

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama did not win this debate. He didn't lose it either. But McCain was given far too much leeway in my opinion without counterpunching, which might reinforce the trope that Democrats don't know how to fight.

McCain's Debate Behavior Condescends To New Levels

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

As a debate tactic, McCain's behavior was understandable, and a classic Karl Rove characteristic. Take your weakness and make it a strength. Take your opponent's strength and make it a weakness.

Obama Underwhelms, McCain Patronizes

Paul Reiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Reiser

I have to say, I did want to see more fire from Obama. I did want him to let the anger loose. I did want him to slap back at McCain's endless patronizing tone.

Tonight's Presidential Debate: Victory for Obama, More of the Same from McCain

Sheryl Crow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheryl Crow

I think I feel the same as most Americans when I say I am beyond tired of hearing John McCain sell this war and passing it off as great leadership. To me, McCain proved himself as the stubborn one.

McCain's Debate Message: How To Lose More Friends And Alienate People

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

To listen to McCain speaking in tonight's debate was to be thrust back into a time warp, where al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein are plotting together, and America must go on a crusade to stomp out the infidels.


Nora Ephron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nora Ephron

There was a moment, when the debate ended and the wives came up on stage, where I actually knew, or thought I knew, who had won. I'm sorry to say it, but it was John McCain.

The McCain-Kissinger Flip Flop

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

McCain has never supported talks with Iran at the Secretary of State level. So either McCain has massively shifted positions on Iran or he is completely misrepresenting his position on Iran.

Tonight's Debate: Will Our Children Fare Better than Us?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This debate underscored the central question that each of us must ask ourselves before choosing our next president: Will our children and our children's children fare better than us?