Scrisorile noastre, scrisorile lor. Pateticii nostri, pateticii lor

Rogozanu scrie despre scrisoarea “intelectualilor” francezi, “Avant qu’il ne soit trop tard” , pentru sustinerea ‘candidatei sperantei’, ie. Ségolène Royal- “la candidate de l’espérance” (ce fel de speranta? “Une espérance à la fois sociale et écologique, éthique et démocratique, française et européenne, ne sacrifiant pas les conditions de vie et de travail à la modernisation économique.  → Read more

Fabula cu fabulo-spiritul

Nu e nevoie sa scriu prea multe despre ultimul racnet (sau raget, al MAE oricum) in materie de “branding Romania” pentru ca au aparut deja opinii bine formulate care se suprapun sensibil si parerii mele. Vezi de exemplu o sinteza de pareri in Cotidianul (intre altele subliniind inconstienta– eufemism- Corinei Vintan, purtatoarea de cuvant a MAE, care totusi parea mai dezghetata cand am intalnit-o la Londra- poate pentru ca la ora aceea inca nu era, desi era visul ei sa fie, purtatoarea de cuvant a MAE?).  → Read more

Roncea vs. Liiceanu & co

Iulian Comanescu posteaza ceva extrem de interesant pe blogul propriu.

Nu m-as mira ca multe din acuzele aduse lui Liiceanu (si altora din “grupul” sau) sa fie valide, dar din pacate cel care arunca piatra este tocmai bufonul Roncea, un zero barat al jurnalisticii, cu stilu-i binecunoscut (am mai vorbit despre gargaunii ‘mnealui si sunt sigur ca omul nostru e nerabdator sa se afle iarasi in centrul atentiei cat de curand).  → Read more

Song of the day: Katie Melua’s “Call off the search”

One thing I and Katie Melua have in common is that we’re both convinced Eva Cassidy is one of the greatest voices ever (I wrote on this blog about Eva Cassidy here and here). Katie took a step further (and she’s one of the few who could have done that step properly): she wrote and interpreted a very beautiful song, a tribute to Eva Cassidy, “Faraway Voice“, song which is included on her first album, “Call Off the Search”.  → Read more

Mankiw’s advice for new junior faculty

Plenty of good advice from Greg Mankiw for new junior faculty. Though I might have a problem with his one-before-the-last piece: “Avoid activities that will distract you from research. Whatever you do, do not start a blog. That will only establish your lack of seriousness as a scholar.” I am not even a new junior faculty (yeah, yeah, still busy on my PhD dissertation for the moment, but I am getting there…) and I already have a blog.  → Read more