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Who is Louis Menand? | Magazine | The Harvard Crimson
Few professors at Harvard have websites made for them by dedicated fans—actually, few professors have dedicated “fans” in the first place, but it’s important to note that few professors write as distinctively and memorably as Menand does for both academic and general audiences.

“His prose is beautifully carpentered, luminous. He has a knack for turning over stones and uncovering writhing life beneath them,” says Henry Finder, editorial director of The New Yorker. Finder has worked with Menand since the mid-1990s, and notes the coolness of Menand’s approach, which sets him apart from other modern-day critics.
“I don’t write drafts. I just write straight through,” says Menand. “When you write a draft of something and you know it’s not the final version, you tend to loosen up the logical connections between your sentences and your paragraphs. When you write sentence by sentence, and the sentence feels like a finished sentence, the seams between the sentences are much tighter, and that’s how you want the piece to read. Good writing is seamless writing.”

But, Menand still takes notes—just fewer of them overall, and more strictly textual.

“I take notes on the facts, and the quotes I’m going to use, but I never write down ideas, because I don’t have an idea really until I’m ready. By the time I’m writing, those ideas are going to already be passé,” says Menand.

Menand also has some practical tips for writing.

“You should never write when you’re tired, by the way. That’s really bad. You should write when you’re awake,” says Menand. I think of an all-nighter English essay written earlier during the week and feel a bit ashamed.

Menand pauses a moment, and then stares at me as if to make sure I’m paying close attention. “This is a fact I read in The New York Times—this will be the most interesting thing in your piece,” he says, adopting a pointed, professorial gaze and tone of voice: “Most world records are broken between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. ... That’s right.” He smiled smugly, relishing a rare self-conscious moment of intellectual peacocking. I wasn’t sure if he was joking, but I believed him anyway.
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Dwayne Johnson, the Rock Clock app, and other secrets of staying motivated — Quartz at Work
This was not lost on the Rock. In 1997 he took time off for an injury. When he came back to the ring he was no longer Rocky Maivia. He was the Rock, a cocky, swaggering, cartoonish villain with a preternatural ability to pick up on the nuances of the crowd and play them to the hilt. By 1999, he was headlining Wrestlemania, a career leap somewhat akin to playing on a club team one year and being Super Bowl MVP the next.
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James Turnbull
Author of books on Docker and Terraform.
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Maneesh Agrawala
Maneesh Agrawala is the Forest Baskett Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford University. He works on computer graphics, human computer interaction and visualization. His focus is on investigating how cognitive design principles can be used to improve the effectiveness of audio/visual media. The goals of this work are to discover the design principles and then instantiate them in both interactive and automated design tools.
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Reconciling database identifiers with Wikidata | Bodleian Digital Library
In a previous blog post I stressed the advantage of mapping the identifiers in databases and catalogue to Wikidata. This post describes a few different tools that were used in reconciling more than three thousand identifiers from the Electronic Enlightenment (EE) biographical dictionary. via Pocket
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3 days ago by kintopp
Right-Wing Leaders Call for McConnell’s Head on a Spike
He’s an old-school deal-cutter and string-puller whose idol is Henry Clay, not Barry Goldwater or even Ronald Reagan. More importantly, he’s a political realist who doesn’t believe in making futile gestures to further the Cause. And because he owes his loyalties to his party rather than to any doctrine, he in turn refuses to act as an ideological commissar against members of his conference who offend conservatives.
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