Public Books: Gun Studies Syllabus.

Well, if we want to have a clear picture of all the issues, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to start. Week 2 especially interests me. I've read most of these over time, but could sure use refreshing the old grey matter with this particular focus in mind.

Bookmark this one. You'll need it when the next mass shooting happens (and I'm terribly sad to have to say that).

The Register.UK: Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds.

The most popular devices for doing homework online included laptops (61 per cent), tablets (54 per cent) mobile phones (37 per cent), followed by games consoles and smart TVs (both 11 per cent). Hmmmm.

And politicians guide their platforms by this kind of dreck, via interpretation through ideological specs. "BOOKS!" I feel like shouting.

Later: Finland trials teaching assistant robots.

Guardian.UK: Complete fiction - why 'the short story renaissance' is a myth.

Like any art form the short story needs attention, of course that’s true; but if you really care about it then please, don’t call it a comeback.

Good luck with that - I just saw a news org call AOL a 'classic'. I love the form of short story, and to say it is seeing a resurgence makes sense, as attention-spans drop. Perhaps we bring back the episodic Dumas model?

WaPo: T. Berry Brazelton, pediatrician who soothed generations of parents, dies at 99.

T. Berry was the real deal; he was changing the bedrock of child/parent relationships. My mother got to meet him in person, enjoyed every second. Didn't go as far as James Hillman, philosophy-wise (my favorite Jungian), but he got close. He understood and agreed with our philosophy that adopted children should not be cut bodily away from their birth families, that new structures need to be created to accommodate the child's needs first.

RIP, good sir. Kids who do not know you, significantly benefitted from your work.

Nice Marmot: Buggering on ...

I never got on with "Wrinkle." But YA - what about Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series? I got a whole lot of enjoyment from those in early high school. Originally written more than ten years before I got to 'em. '61, I think. "Slippery Jim" diGriz. Fond memories. Haven't reread them since. Next zoom to the local library, I'll check to see if they have 'em - though I'll want to scan them first. Some things should be left in childhood, so as not to ruin the memories.