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I never knew how much I wanted to hear the Muppets performing songs from Jesus Christ Superstar until I had them.

Meredith Borders has a glowing review of the new stage production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for Badass Digest:

Neil Patrick Harris may make a better Hedwig than John Cameron Mitchell.

Is that possible? Is it hubris? I think I’m allowed to say it. After all, John Cameron Mitchell is the director who knew that Neil Patrick Harris was born to wear the wig. Moments into Saturday’s performance, I, an avowed Hedhead, forgot that any other Hedwig had ever existed. Of course, John Cameron Mitchell will always be Hedwig – he created the character, he invented this world I love so desperately – but that’s not what I was thinking about as I sat, rapt, on the very corner of my seat, trying to move as close to the stage and to Harris’ Hedwig as I possibly could. For one hundred minutes, this Hedwig was my world.

I adore the film, and already have my tickets to see this new production over the summer. Still, Meredith manages to make me even more excited about all of this.

I’m going to use this kind tweet from Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl as an excuse to remind you that I co-host a podcast with Nick Klinger. We have a lot of fun with it, so maybe you should listen to it. Maybe.

A lot of what Scotty Loveless wrote about technology and the classroom hit home for me, particularly this part:

Josh argues that students should be allowed to learn the way they learn best, whether it be using an iPad, Mac, or a notebook. As a former student, I heartily agree with him on every point.

However, I gained a new perspective on this subject while working on my Masters in Education.

If 2009 John saw the syllabus that 2012 John wrote, 2009 John would be shocked by the technology policy.

The New Pollution

If there was any one thing formative to my becoming a professional weirdo, I think it would have to be this video. I was 12 years old and my parents were yelling for me to come to the car because we were late for church. But I had to see the rest of it, and I did.

We went out to dinner afterwards — the food court at Neshaminy Mall, naturally — and I later found my way to Sam Goody, scanned the back of the Beck CDs for this song, and purchased my first CD.

Steven Godfrey’s reports on what it’s like to be a “bag man” in college sports:

Even when I asked for and received proof — in this case a phone call I watched him make to a number I independently verified, then a meeting in which I witnessed cash handed to an active SEC football player — it’s just cash changing hands. When things are done correctly, there’s no proof more substantial than one man’s word over another. That allows for plausible deniability, which is good enough for the coaches, administrators, conference officials, and network executives. And the man I officially didn’t speak with was emphatic that no one really understands how often and how well it almost always works.

Own an iPhone? If so, you’ll want to read this post by Scotty Loveless about how to get the most out of your iPhone battery:

This is not one of those “Turn off every useful feature of iOS” posts that grinds my gears. My goal is to deliver practical steps to truly solve your iOS battery woes.

Thank goodness. “Kill all of your apps” has always been an inelegant catch-all for battery troubleshooting. Scotty uses his experience from years of work at an Apple Genius Bar to point out the typical culprits. 1

  1. I could have used him a few months ago when I got the run-around from Apple support and slowly figured some of these same points out myself.

Tabletop Day Promo

Nick and I produced our first video over at Carroll ünd Klinger. I hope you’ll check it out!

Today is release day for my pal Lindsey Palmer’s debut novel, Pretty In Ink. She’s a fantastic writer, and I hope you’ll celebrate with me by ordering a copy!

At Beyond the Margins, Becky Tuch urges AWP to stop ignoring adjuncts:

Here’s the thing, AWP. The percentage of teaching positions occupied by non-tenure track faculty has more than tripled in the past four decades. According to the Adjunct Project, “Two-thirds of the faculty standing in front of college classrooms each day aren’t full-time or permanent professors.” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “the shadowy world of would-be academia is filled with people cobbling together five or six such teaching gigs at once. That’s possible because some 70 percent of college courses offered are now taught by adjuncts—part-timers who are paid a pittance and have no job security.”
Yet, at this year’s conference in Seattle, the biggest AWP conference yet, you did not have a single panel dedicated to adjunct teaching. Nor were there any panels addressing this shift toward part-time faculty at colleges. Absent also were lectures, discussions or Q&A sessions addressing these changes in the academic climate.

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