I don't usually just put stuff out there without comment, as many of you run across much of the same material. But I don't have much to add to these essays and I think they are valuable.
Jonathan Haidt and Lee Jussim have an article about how to reduce racial tensions on college campuses that is based on research. Imagine that. I think they miss a major point, but in the short run it doesn't matter. Giving people common goals rather than incentives to divide by race seems fairly obvious. BTW, I have heard the accusation that fraternities and sororities encourage less interaction with minorities but had thought it exaggerated because it's not overt and it might be a product of selection. Haidt and Jussim claim there is some hard evidence, and give a plausible explanation how it might happen without anyone necessarily meaning it to.
I have read and liked something else by Laura Miller over at Slate before, but don't rememebr what. This is stand-alone good enough however, Save The Allegory. There is not only an attempt to rescue the word from its misuse as a mere synonym for metaphor, but the best explanation of how to understand and appreciate medieval allegory and subsequent modern expressions that I have read. What Ho! I may have another go at The Faerie Queen, which I have felt obligated to like but been unable to these many years. She mentions CS Lewis's literary criticism, which is a reliable way to my good side.
Over at Market Urbanism, The Need For Low-Quality Housing, and a companion piece that some aspects of trailer parks are better than the other low-cost alternatives.