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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Picks of the Week

Week One delivered little in the way of surprises, but it was still a fairly illuminating week of college football. The West half of the SEC proved they are too be feared, with LSU ripping off Oregon’s face and Mississippi State and Alabama hanging forty+ points on their opponents. It’s still too early to tell if Ole Miss should be embarrassed about losing to BYU, but Auburn dropped out of the Top 25 with their barely-face-saving performance against Utah State. Notre Dame dropped a deuce in their collective pants against ND alumni, Skip Holtz, and his South Florida Bulls. Texas A&M did their best to show the Big 12 why they’ll be missed when they jet for the SEC. Michigan played 2 and half quarters and still won by 24 points.

This week is all about clarification. Was that just first-game jitters from the Auburn Tigers or are they a middling team this year? Is this Mark Richt’s last year at Georgia? Can Miss State make a push for the SEC West or are they pretenders? These questions will be partially answered this week. See below.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

9/11 and the difficulty of depicting mass tragedy

Adam Kirsch at the Wall Street Journal (yes, you read that right) had a great article today about the limits of literature in depicting modern tragedies. This is obviously yet another response to the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, but it is still interesting that ten years on, we still don't have a satisfactory method for dealing with the horrible senselessness of the tragedy.