Desperately seeking wonder.

As an avid gamer for over 20 years, I’ve begun to wonder if I’ll ever feel the immersive sense of wonder brought on by Infocom or the old Sierra adventure games. Maybe I have become jaded over the years—many a gamer lost faith during the dreaded CD-ROM/Full Motion Video ‘Game’ era—and look at today’s over-licensed, cross-promoted clones as the standard for the future. Perhaps I frown upon today’s meager offerings…

RRRR (Read, React, Respond, Reflect)

For EL250, a four-step process that helps you prepare for a productive class discussion using the SHU weblog system. Read the assigned text, react by posting an agenda item to your weblog, respond to 2-4 items posted by your peers, and reflect on the experience in a 200-word informal essay. Your 200-word reflection should include a direct quotation from and several specific references to the assigned text. It should also…

Klingon Fairy Tales

“Goldilocks Dies With Honor at the Hands of the Three Bears” –Klingon Fairy Tales (McSweeney) Silly. Making the rounds of the Net. I actually like “Other Poll Questions That May One Day Appear on an Unnamed Internet News Website, Given Its Recently Asked Question “Have You Ever Been in an Accident Involving a Plane?” Following the Air France Crash.” and “Fish Names That Sound Like Unfortunate 7th-Graders” better.

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Playwright Wilson says he's dying

August Wilson, 60, one of America’s greatest playwrights, has told the Post-Gazette he is dying of liver cancer. “It’s not like poker, you can’t throw your hand in,” he said by phone from Seattle. “I’ve lived a blessed life. I’m ready.” –Christopher Rawson –Playwright Wilson says he’s dying (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) I’ll be teaching Wilson’s Fences in my “Drama as Literature” class.

HOAX! Did Sgt. Dan Kennings die in Iraq? Not really.Did Sgt. Dan Kennings even exist? Well, no.So who was that little girl writing the letters?

Word that Sgt. Dan Kennings had been killed in Iraq crushed spirits in the Daily Egyptian newsroom. The stocky, buzz-cut soldier befriended by students at the university newspaper was dead, and the sergeant’s little girl–a precocious, blond-haired child they’d grown to love–was now an orphan. They all knew that Kodee Kennings’ mother had died when Kodee was about 5. The little girl’s fears and frustrations about her father being in…

The Washington Post Doesn't Know a Blog from a Message Board

Michael Gee, ex-Boston Herald sports writer, posted his ill-advised commentary on the ?incredibly hot? student with the ?bitchin? bod? on a message board. Check out the WaPo article, and click on the link to the ?blog? Robert MacMillan cites: SportsJournalists.com. There is no blog present. What you see is called a message board, or a forum, and has existed for quite a long time. By calling this a ?blog,? MacMillan…

The Story of the Iraq Museum

Cuneiform, the world’s first script, was born in southern Iraq, and carbon dating indicates it originated between 3400 and 3300 B.C., writes Robert Biggs in one of the book’s finest essays. There must have been quite a burst of innovation, because within a century or two the wheel appeared as well. It was quickly put to use in war, on chariots pulled by recently domesticated donkeys. Cuneiform found its first…