Here are some of the links I’ve made note of during the weeks this blog has lain fallow:
- I’d love to read a collected edition of this comic strip.
- Mahendra Singh has written a series of blog posts analyzing the brilliance of Moebius’s inking.
- Sam Henderson details the work that goes into one simple gag cartoon.
- Last month the internet experienced some consternation about a standardized test question involving a pineapple. One of the best responses came from Adam Cadre, who has worked in the test prep industry; he explains how reading comprehension questions work in theory, what they really measure, and why maybe the pineapple question isn’t all that bad.
- In the middle of an article on “unteachable” college students a professor shares part of the FAQ-style course policies he gives his freshman composition classes, beginning with “Why is the university making me take this course?” and getting gradually more philosophical.
- Joe Queenan reviews a book that I can’t believe actually exists in the world.
- A review of a book suggesting the existence of “social jet lag.”
- A. L. Kennedy on the perniciousness of the myth of the suffering artist.