* not comics: some of my high school friends are passing this article around on Facebook. I think art matters, and I think it matters in these ways and I think it matters in negative ways, too.
* finally, educator Charles Hatfield posts information about his forthcoming comics course. There's a lot that's interesting there, including the syllabus and Hatfield's suggestion to work with a local comics store to obtain the books; they'll provide a discount. I don't know what buying books is like now, but I liked buying books on campus because it was easiest to have one bill at the end of the year. I have to imagine the Internet has nuked that system, though.