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Millhauser Collection Lauded by Book People

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Doesn't this remind you of Goosebumps?

Some very impressive things are being said about Steven Millhauser’s “We Others,” the latest offering from the prolific writer and Skidmore professor. Both Jonathan Lethem (in the New York Times) and Michael Dirda (in the Washington Post) have written celebratory reviews of the short story collection, which includes works both old and new and seems like a decent introduction for those unfamiliar with the author’s bibliography.

In 1997, Millhauser’s novel Martin Dressler won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which—in the words of our vice president—is a big fucking deal. He is regularly featured in The New Yorker and his widely acclaimed short story, “Eisenheim the Illusionist,” was later adapted into the 2006 film The Prestige The Illusionist.

So if you see Millhauser around campus and you’re looking for an excuse to talk to him and maybe cultivate a Finding Forrester-like relationship, bringing up his new book is the perfect opener. I still haven’t worked up the courage to tell Steve Stern how much I enjoyed The Frozen Rabbi (I really did, Professor Stern!).

NYTimes Finally Coughs Up Student Discount

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Leaflets in Friday’s New York Times print edition alerted us to the paper’s new discounted digital subscription student plans. Because our school receives a qualifying number of print papers through the College Readership Program we get something like 25% off for a year or something like that. The first four weeks are still a paltry 99 cents so you grab yourself an account. For more information about the discounts visit NYTimes.com/CollegeDS.

What The New York Times Paywall Means For College Students

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Today The New York Times announced its plan to place its content behind a paywall and exploded my mind with journalism thoughts. Starting March 28th non-subscribers will need to fork over 15 dollars a month for the digital edition of the gray lady.

I have a lot to say about this and you should stop me on the street if you want to talk about it, because the NYTs really is walking a thin line here. The long anticipated policy change attempts—and we will need to wait and see how successfully—to grant enough access to non-subscribers so that NYTimes.com remains a relevant part of the conversation while also ending their free ride, and picking the right price point for that is unprecedented, tricky and dangerous.

Here at Skidmore we benefit from the New York Times in College readership program, which means the school pays a staggeringly low 10 grand a year for all the ‘free’ copies of the Times you see lying around Case Center. The New York Times in College program also helped bring Sam Sifton to campus last month and provides academic aids and online resources to teachers and stuff. So exactly what the new paywall means for us remains unclear.

Eileen M. Murphy, the Time’s vice president for corporate communications, says that colleges like Skidmore that participate in the NYTs in College readership programs will get discounted access to the Times web site, but exactly how big that discount will be is still unknown. Inquires via twitter and calls to the NYTs corporate offices went unanswered.

Personally, I  wouldn’t mind paying a little extra each month to get the Times online and on my phone. But then again, I hope they hire me one day and kind of need whatever business model they choose to work. Also, everyone knows that we’re just going to snag our parents’ subscription info like we do with the NewYorker.com. LOL WESTCHESTER WHERE YOU ATTTTT?

NYTs Food Critic Sam Sifton Scheduled To Speak

Friday, February 25th, 2011

In addition to the aforementioned Dave Eggers lecture on March 28th, the Speakers Bureau delivers again with a scheduled appearance from Sam Sifton, The New York Times’ food critic. Sifton will speak on March 7th at an open, free event.

Sifton replaced former NYTs Chief Restaurant Critic Frank Bruni in October 2009 and has been a wonderful reviewer for The Times since. At one point in my life my dream job was to do what he does so I’m excited.

Sam Sifton’s Diner’s Journal Blog
Sam Sifton on twitter

The Tang’s ‘Jewel Thief’ Catches NYT’s Eye

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The New York Time’s Arts Review takes a brief sojourn out of the five boroughs this week to see the ‘Jewel Thief’ exhibit at our very own Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. The show, curated by the Tang’s associate director Ian Berry and sculptor Jessica Stockholder, runs through Feb. 27th and seems to have thoroughly impressed the grey lady, who says:

Such shows, whatever flaws they may have in execution, make art history, past and present, bigger and richer. They bring more guests — some still strangers — to the table. And they assure that art in its many forms is productively refreshed and promoted. <via NYTimes.com>

If you’re in town I suggest you make your way over to the Tang as soon as you can before our quaint campus is invaded by stroller pushing, fleece wearing, organic egg eating Times subscribers. Really, It is only a matter of hours before their Subarus clog perimeter road.

In Which The NYT Agrees With Your Guidance Counselor

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Last week, while we were banging our fingers eagerly against our keyboards The New York Times asked a pretty important question–Is Going to an Elite College Worth the Cost?

While I doubt the NYT would consider Skidmore an “elite college” this question does remain of some importance, because, you know, we pay over 50,000 dollars a year to go here and gotta hope that come graduation day this isn’t money spent in vain.

The article doesn’t drop any serious knowledge bombs or anything, although it does gather that

“Attendance at an elite private college significantly increases the probability of attending graduate school, and more specifically graduate school at a major research university.”

Which, DUH! Blah blah blah something something everyone knows going to Harvard means you basically get everything you want even if you don’t deserve it. In case you hadn’t noticed, even being able to attend an elite, private anything in the first placesignificantly increases the probability” of attending graduate school and making lots of money.

The more important question here however is, is the rising cost of a college education, which has easily outpaced the rate of inflation during the last decade, validated by our expected returns? Eric R. Eide, chairman of the Brigham Young economics department seems to think so…

“Education is a long-run investment,” said Professor Eide, chairman of the economics department at Brigham Young, “It may be more painful to finance right now. People may be more hesitant to go into debt because of the recession. In my opinion, they should be looking over the long run of their child’s life.”

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