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Oh, the Story I Found: Pelle Svanslös in America

My morfar (grandfather on my mother’s side) hunted alligators by a lake in Småland. If this sounds strange to you, imagine how my mother must have felt when as a … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Welcome to Sweden”: American and Swedish Bathos?

In order for something to be funny–In Sweden or the United States–it must first be funny. The challenge with being funny is that being deliberately funny is not very funny. … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

World Cup: American Education 0

I did not watch the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Germany, but I have been unable to escape the media coverage of the 7-1 “record-setting” football event, including … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Smartphone

Obviously this is a riff on “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and I think even many “lesser-educated” people have heard this saying. But I wonder if the “more-educated” … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Candy, Pizza Parties, Extra Credit: Will You Complete My Evaluation, Pretty Please?

I have never been a fan of student evaluations, even when I have received perfect scores, whatever that means, and I have never, ever, ever, given any incentives for students … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Another Hammond Review: Like a Hole in the Head

I don’t know if the world needs another review of Become a Part-Time Professor: Live and teach anywhere you like, but I am now following in the footsteps of my … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Swede Appreciates Fourth of July

When I was a child visiting America, I remember my aunt having these square pans, deep, with chocolate cake, and upon it in the right colors, the American flag was … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Creepy Invasion of Cengage in My Email Inbox

July 3 and I am minding my own business, just checking email before Independence Day, and I have an email from someone named Ashley Minton,, with a cc: to … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

From the Frontier of Teaching

While the intellectual in me has always been a bit suspicious or patronizing of persons who read their daily devotional or Bible, I must confess that I have turned to … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Aaron Hernandez: What Does It Mean When Academics “Like” Something?

One of the advantages, I suppose, of living now is that we can access “academic” items immediately and participate in a “discourse” about these items, supposedly. I am not saying … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

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