Author Archives: Fenster

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

Fun with Young Frankenstein

Fenster writes: Must have been a labor of love to put together:

Posted in Humor, Movies, Music | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Steven Pinker on What Ails Higher Education–or at least Harvard

Fenster writes: When Steven Pinker writes Fenster listens.  Well, not literally.  He reads.  But language is all a kind of metaphor, right? From The Language Instinct on I have been amazed by this guy’s reach, educated through his insights and entertained … Continue reading

Posted in Education | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments


Fenster writes: University syllabi are getting larger all the time with the temptation to sometimes include the kitchen sink, and things not directly relevant to the course and the educational process.  Now a call to incorporate admonitions about sexual harassment. … Continue reading

Posted in Linkathons | 3 Comments

Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Hora Decubitus, Charles Mingus

Posted in Music | Tagged , | 1 Comment

A Kipling for Our Times

Fenster writes: If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs . . .

Posted in Photography, Technology | 2 Comments

Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Ruby, My Dear.  Thelonius Monk.  And thanks, Libby for turning me on to this and much else back when.

Posted in Music | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Jewish Music and the Blues

Fenster writes: If you have not seen it, the PBS special on Jews and Broadway is very much worth watching.  It is available in full on YouTube here.  It’s entitled Broadway Musicals: a Jewish Legacy.  Jews often seem to want … Continue reading

Posted in Music | Tagged , , | 4 Comments