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.

Notes on The Jack Benny Program

Fenster writes: Let me put a plug in for the old Jack Benny Show. It had several incarnations on radio and TV but the basic structure and cast ran through them for the many years he was a favorite. I … Continue reading

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ASHE Redux

Fenster writes: Back in the innocent year of 2011 I attended the national conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Charlotte, North Carolina. I wrote about my impressions at a now-defunct blog mostly dealing with higher … Continue reading

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Notes on “Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself”

Fenster writes: That’s a new book garnering a lot of praise for what the author claims to be groundbreaking work in a neglected aspect of Germany at the time of its defeat in WW2: a suicide epidemic. It is an … Continue reading

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Life During Wartime in a People’s Republic

Fenster writes: Other than the fact that I am surrounded by sanctimonious hypocrites that are doing great harm to the nation and the world what could be better than living in a people’s republic like the one I live in, … Continue reading

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Notes on “Back to Burgundy”

Fenster writes: Cédric Klapisch’s Back to Burgundy is a family drama. Jean returns to his family’s vineyard in Burgundy after a ten year absence prompted mainly by a strained relationship with his father, who is near death on his return. … Continue reading

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Quiz o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes: John Holdren was Obama’s Science Czar, In 1977 he, along with Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich, authored a textbook on population and the environment. In it they address options for involuntary fertility control. Most of these are methods … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Facebook Groups

Fenster writes: My newfound interest in nature has been spurred by retirement, with a side interest in foraging spurred by my concern over the coming End Times. I am consequently a member of a number of Facebook groups devoted to … Continue reading

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Double Feature: Modus and The Wailing

Fenster writes: It’s double feature time again. Some double features here are naturals: two films written by Hanif Kureishi separated by decades that reveal how authorial obsessions change as the author ages. Others are linked by chance: I happened to … Continue reading

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Racist Computer Passes Turing Test

What to make of these efforts that edge up to passing the Turing Test? Here’s GPT-3 from Open AI. GPT-3: OpenAI’s New Text Generating Neural Network is Here | Digital Trends That got this Facebook AI guy all a-twitter over … Continue reading

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Notes on Girl on a Motorcycle

Fenster writes: Girl on a Motorcycle, a starring vehicle for chanteuse and Mick Jagger girlfriend Marianne Faithfull, is vintage 1968. I can’t recommend the film that highly as cinema. Not a lot happens as the main character zips across the French border … Continue reading

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