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.

Sucker Punched

Fenster writes: I wrote here about the many relatively reputable news outlets that got suckered by a bogus story about a public masturbation booth in midtown Manhattan.  It seems like some stories are just too juicy to pass up.  Why … Continue reading

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Lessons from Across the Pond?

Fenster writes: Are there lessons to be learned from the messages from across the pond?  

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Realism, Race and Class Versions

Fenster writes: Elements of the alt-right consider themselves to be ‘race realists’.  Generally, this view relies on genetics as a partial way to explain human differences, and on the fact that  natural selection can operate at a fast enough rate … Continue reading

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Trillin X 2

Fenster writes: Two takes on Calvin Trillin.  Food and killing.

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Sokal Redux?

Fenster writes: When making sense no longer makes sense it is very tempting to stop making sense, this urge itself a form of sense-making.  In 1984 the interrogator tells Winston Smith that two and two can equal five if the … Continue reading

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Left, Right, Left, Right, Left

Fenster writes: Ah, the times in which we live.   Here is Michael Lind, once conservative, then a critic of conservatism, now writing an article not for Salon but for the Trumpist journal American Affairs. Is this a conservative piece? … Continue reading

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What is the “Right” Take on Higher Education?

Fenster writes: My wife makes fun of me because when I give directions I tend to mix up left and right.  I don’t know why I do this.  I am a fairly hard “P” (perceiver) in Meyers-Briggs terms so it … Continue reading

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