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I. THEY ARE, in their very different ways, monuments of American civilization. The first is a building: a grand, beautiful Beaux-Arts structure of marble and stone occupying two blocks’ worth of Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The second is a delicate concoction of metal, plastic, and glass, just four and …

Watercooler Stories – June 27, 2012 – UPI.com

Oreo ‘rainbow’ picture sparks protest NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) — Oreo set off an online brouhaha when it posted a picture of an Oreo with a six-layer, rainbow-colored filling, with one U.S. commenter calling it “disgusting.” Oreo, part of Kraft Foods, posted the picture Monday evening, accompanied by the …

Why Toni Morrison Deserves Her Place in the Literary Pantheon — New York Magazine

The Nobel Prize–winning creator of characters like Sula, Beloved, Pilate, Milkman, is herself a creation of a writer named Chloe Wofford—who is now positioning Toni Morrison for posterity. Toni Morrison never liked that old seventies slogan “Black is beautiful.” It was superficial, simplistic, palliative—everything her blinkered detractors called Morrison’s complex …

The Campus Tsunami – NYTimes.com

Online education is not new. The University of Phoenix started its online degree program in 1989. Four million college students took at least one online class during the fall of 2007. But, over the past few months, something has changed. The elite, pace-setting universities have embraced the Internet. Not long …

Watercooler Stories – April 12, 2012 – UPI.com

Bear released with ‘heck of a hangover’ GLENDALE, Calif., April 11 (UPI) — California wildlife officials said a black bear tranquilized while searching for food in a city has been released in the woods with “a heck of a hangover.” California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said …