I'm so confused I can't even figure out a title for this
Here are three very recent occurrences:
While Victoria was attending a library program, I finished reading Home Education Magazine (a very useful publication despite the fact that the current issue has a essay decrying virtual schools) and picked up Homeschooling Today, which is filed next on the shelf. "Feminism, which has its roots in the age-old problem of women being discontent with their place in God's created order, is still sowing seeds of confusion about a woman's role in our modern culture," begins Marci Putman's article, Uprooting Feminism. That gave me pause. Goosebumps, even. I don't know how I manage to read a daily paper and peer at crap on the internet regularly and still manage to forget that everyone is not Just Like Me. Whenever something breaks through and reminds me I feel a little loopy.
This is not to say that HT is not a useful publication. Following Ms Putman's book reviews there was an article about investment clubs with a specific book recommendation. The library's catalog was unclear as to whether the book was on the shelf or not, so I ran up to take a look. It wasn't, but there was a John Allen Paulos book I hadn't seen before so I picked it up instead and it's now my favorite of his so far. And I loved Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. So yeah, A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market is definitely worth a look.
Today the blogosphere was alive with chatter about the Yale art student's senior project incorporating deliberately induced miscarriages. I couldn't figure out how that might work. I kept reading the only explanation available: "a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself 'as often as possible' while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages" and I really wanted to know how she even thought she might have been miscarrying. Well, before the day was over the project was revealed by the University to have been a hoax. The artist claimed that this statement was "ultimately inaccurate", which sounds weaselly to me. It does seem like better art as a hoax, more situationalist and less showboat. But I am a real dope when it comes to art, believe me.
In fact, I appear to be quoted asking question number nine in this excellent poetry FAQ
I am being tugged and bounced all over the sociological landscape is what's happening. My head is spinning and THIS does not help.