Pedagogy

On my honor…

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Here’s my Honor Code confession. I was an undergraduate at a school with a deeply-entrenched honor code, and I thought it was terrific. Princeton University’s (then exclusively white male) undergraduates adopted an honor code in 1893, by

Baseball

Totally Useless Predictions

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Tomorrow night is the beginning of yet another Major League Baseball campaign, and I couldn’t be happier. First pitch between the Cubs and Cardinals is scheduled for 8:05—which means that by 8:10 or so, the Cubs will be in “wait ’til next year” mode—and then the full slate of games on Monday. As is customary […]

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Musicology Is a Political Act: A Response to Myself

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Bear with me for a moment as I briefly recount two recent and ongoing attacks on public education. Wisconsin In November 2012, Governor Scott Walker opened his attack on his state’s historically excellent public university system. In a much commented upon interview, Walker borrowed language from the misguided Common Core project in grade school education: We’re […]

Baseball

Two Labor Issues

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I’ve been constantly listening to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly for the last couple days. I have a lot to say about it, and I will. But this isn’t the kind of album that seems to encourage quick responses. So I’m going to let that develop for a while longer, and instead I’ll write about […]

Music

The Blurred Lines of Musicological Expertise

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In the past 24 hours, there’s been a flurry of people declaring the recording industry dead, and a whole lot of articles (and, dare I say, blog posts) that purport to explain what really is the upshot of the “Blurred Lines” jury verdict. It’s all rather melodramatic, and I hesitate to add to it. But I […]