12/11/10 Links

Tennessee freshman Tobias Harris and his father were very analytical in their college search, and it’s worked out wonderfully. Instead of going for the biggest name, the two searched for the team whose style best fit Harris’s talents and which most needed him to contribute right away. High school seniors who are not highly desired basketball players could also benefit from this approach.

“A day without social science is like a day without sunshine.” This is an easy way to write an interesting editorial, and I’m sure the scientists appreciate their citations in the New York Times. Perhaps we’ll see more journalism like this in the major outlets: it’s easy for everyone to get their work online, but that doesn’t mean everyone will find it right away. *Cough* Anyway, these are great studies. At the end, the author links to this daily omnibus.

From Audacity to Animosity and Swindle of the Year are the titles of two conflicting but compelling editorials about the President from prominent conservative writers.

Dr. James Andrews is the doctor to see for injured athletes – A much-deserved column about the most famous orthopedic surgeon. He’s a brilliant doctor, but he says the secret to his business success is that he always returns phone calls promptly. One afternoon, a quarterback made a call from the locker room minutes after learning his knee had been destroyed…and hours after Andrews had suffered a heart attack. The doctor still picked up the phone.

The lede for this story is “Where are the Conservative Novelists?” but what most fascinated me is how strong the correlation is between having an MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) and getting published. This has become a specialized market:

Today’s literary novelist is much more likely to be the product of an academic writing program than to be a lonely visionary. The statistics are startling: Granta’s list of “Best Young American Novelists” for 2007 (the last year it was compiled) named 21 authors. Fifteen of them had emerged from Master of Fine Arts programs; three more had been mentored in non-MFA creative-writing programs by famous writers on their college’s faculty. That leaves only three who didn’t come from programs specifically designed to produce fiction writers.

What’s in an honorific?” is the New York Times‘s policy on whether to refer to a Ph. D as “Doctor” or “Mister.” The person can state his preference (and preferences vary wildly), or the writer uses his own judgment on whether the title is relevant to the story. Hence, when Harvard Afro-American Studies Professor Cornell West and University President Larry Summers got in a dust-up that made the Times, the former was “Dr. West” and the latter, the youngest man ever tenured in the Harvard Economics Department, was “Mr. Summers,” both by personal preference. The author, Jay Nordlinger, also speculates on whether it’s better to refer to Martin Luther King, Jr. as “Doctor” or as “Reverend.” At the moment, the former title is more common.

Finally, Nordlinger, depicts the Medina in Marrakech, Morocco in this colorful piece.

A man walks by me, carrying a mountain of skins — ready to be made into slippers and so on. At least I think it’s a man. He is totally covered by this mountain of skins. The mountain just moves forward. I’m not sure how the person in the midst of it sees.

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