Brian at Crooked Timber paints a rather rosy-fingered picture of grad school, and John Emerson is having none of it. Strong feelings on the matter, anyone? Also of note: Mark Thwaite, of the peerless ReadySteadyBook interviews Andrew Merrifield, the author of a new book on Guy Debord; Scott McLemee confesses a fondness for French Roast, and David Lynch is still more or less daily proving weatherwen in LA obsolete.
Meanwhile, our own IT has posted the definitive blogpost on the recent philosophy conference at Birbeck, complete with sound recordings and, yes, pictures; Doug Johnson responds to our symposium, and Darren at Long Pauses writes again about Beau Travail. I wonder if he's seen Tuvalu (like most Denis Lavant, a film positively slapstick sensual...surreal, bodily, and poignant).