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    Confidence, Rejection, and Criticism: Advice from Actors to Academics, Part Three

    Christmas week is especially hard for young academics trying to get a job, especially in literary studies. The annual rhythm of the job search means that most first-round interviews (the interviews that take place at major disciplinary conferences over the winter) get scheduled during the first half of December. By this time of year, grad students (and recent PhDs) looking for a job are counting the meager number of schools where their applications are still active; they may have applied to dozens of jobs and gotten one or two first-round interviews to show for it.
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    Police, Danger, and the Social Contract

    I was blogging about the police tonight, and about the responses to protests of police brutality. Then I heard about the shooting of two police officers in New York City,  so the rest of that post (and some of the others I have been working on) will have to wait.

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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/politics/armed-society-bloody-society-18240">An Armed Society Is a Bloody Society</a> by Doctor Cleveland - 2/18
    15% (2 votes)
    <a href="http://dagblog.com/religion/story-pentecostal-snake-handler-refuses-help-and-dies-my-reaction-surprising-even-me-18243">Pentecostal Snake Handler Refuses Help And Dies</a> by Ramona - 2/19
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/arts-entertainment/ask-me-about-shakespeare-18253">Ask Me About Shakespeare</a> by Doctor Cleveland - 2/21
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/politics/generation-wuss-18262">Generation Wuss</a> by Michael Maiello - 2/23
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/bad-history-month-18285">Bad History Month</a> by Richard Day - 2/26
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/religion/will-real-god-please-stand-18449">Will the Real God Please Stand Up?</a> by Ramona - 4/10
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/politics/freedom-defend-18467">Freedom to Defend</a> by Michael Maiello - 4/17
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/little-known-fact-statue-liberty-wears-shackles-18491">The Statue of Liberty Wears Shackles</a> by Wattree - 4/23
    31% (4 votes)
    <a href="http://dagblog.com/media/derange-wars-cliven-bundy-story-18528">Derange Wars: The Cliven Bundy Story</a> by Ramona - 5/03
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/politics/valkyries-lament-18656">The Valkyrie's Lament</a> by Michael Wolraich - 6/23
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/politics/religious-freedom-vs-religious-privilege-or-franklin-vs-penn-18685">Religious Freedom vs. Religious Privlege</a> by Doctor Cleveland - 7/3
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/humor-satire/true-personhood-18692">True Personhood</a> by William K. Wolfrum - 7/7
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/gop-border-campaign-plan-cruz-control-18764">GOP Border Campaign Plan on Cruz Control</a> by NCD - 8/2
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/world-affairs/other-two-sides-israel-and-palestine-18773">The Other Two Sides in Israel and Palestine</a> by Doctor Cleveland - 8/5
    8% (1 vote)
    <a href="http://dagblog.com/intellectual-heft-behind-broken-windows-18775">The Intellectual Heft Behind Broken Windows</a> by Michael Maiello - 8/6
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/mort-george-robinn-18798">Mort, George and Robin</a> by Richard Day - 8/15
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/tough-choices-levant-18837">Tough Choices -- Facing Genocide in the Levant</a> by bslev - 8/28
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/half-assed-why-america-cannot-stop-slaughter-iraq-18847">Why America Cannot Stop the Slaughter in Iraq</a> by Michael Wolraich - 9/2
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/losing-our-heads-here-iraq-and-saudi-arabia-18864">Losing Our Heads (Here, in Iraq, and in Saudi Arabia)</a> by Jolly Roger - 9/9
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/hey-democrats-you-want-win-try-being-democrats-18925">Hey, Democrats, You Want to Win? Try Being Democrats</a> by Ramona - 10/4
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/columbus-discovered-america-18934">Columbus Discovered America</a> by Richard Day - 10/9
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/magical-karmic-raises-are-only-women-18938">Magical Karmic Raises Are Only for Women!</a> by tmccarthy0 - 10/11
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/liberals-dont-sell-buy-18940">Don't Sell. Buy!</a> by Hal Ginsberg - 10/12
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/way-back-book-review-mouse-roared-18963">A Way Back Book Review: The Mouse that Roared</a> by Michael Maiello - 10/20
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/mid-term-elections-taking-longer-view-19047">The Mid-Term Elections: Taking The Longer View</a> by coatsd - 11/19
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/personas-eat-policy-wonks-breakfast-19048">Personas Eat Policy Wonks for Breakfast</a> by Oxy Mora - 11/19
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    <a href="http://dagblog.com/john-kennedys-death-and-how-it-changed-us-19055">John Kennedy's Death and How It Changed Us</a> by Ramona - 11/22
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    It's Hard to Be Merry At Christmas When It's "Merry Christmas" Or Else

    The last time I wrote about Christmas I thought I was being pretty polite, considering the message I was getting from my friends and relatives and neighbors at the height of the War on Christmas.  To wit:  How DARE you even THINK about not wishing me a Merry Christmas!  Which, of course, led me to respond by pleading "not guilty"--which caused me to tell a lie at Christmas since I didn't feel the least bit guilty. Why would I?

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    The Big Hollywood Crack Up

    Initially, when Sony announced it was yanking the premiere of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview I thought that Sony's marketing people had come up with a way to make lemonade out of the hacking situation.  The media giant could easily cut deals with Amazon, Netflix and the larger cable companies to stream the movie so great that North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un sent terrorists to stop you from seeing it.  

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    Best o' Dag 2014 - Seeking Nominations

    Hello folks. Our old friend Wolfrum passed on a splendid invitation to me yesterday. In the early-ish days of the blogosphere, a writer named Al Weisel launched a faux-conservative blog under the pseudonym Jon Swift. His hilarious, award-winning satire quickly propelled him to the top ranks of the blog community, but he generously supported smaller bloggers struggling to gain an audience. One of his outreach projects was an annual competition called, "Best Posts of the Year, Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves."

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    Say What You Will About Torture, It's Still Torture

     

    Last week the Senate Intelligence Committee released their report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program, and, while much of it had already been hashed over soon after the events at Abu Ghraib, there are enough new revelations within the report's 525 page summary to cause us to get stirred up all over again.

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    Torture Report Open Thread

    Honestly, I don't know what to say.  Would be very interested in hearing from all of you.

    Full report, via Mother Jones

    Great Annotation of Top Findings by WaPo

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    It's A Hard Knock Life (For Cops)

    Today, David Brooks gives us the requisite "police officers have hard jobs" column.  Whenever we discuss police brutality, somebody says this and in the most recent discussions, it's been said quite often,  Police officers have hard jobs.  Very few of us non-police officers envy their professions.  It has few reliable perks.  You can use a siren to run red lights.

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    White Uncollared Crime

    I have a fun party story about a road trip that went through Texas, way too fast, wound up in a kind of high speed pursuit and ended with a very reasonable ticket.  The punch-line is that the story would have been tragic had the trooper searched my car.  What also makes the story kind of funny is that while I was driving way too fast I was in total control of my vehicle, on an empty straight-away in the Texas panhandle.  My crime was victim free, as speeding cases go.  That the punishment was light was, in the end, appropriate.

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