Ode on a hatchet job

Ode on a hatchet job

Whether a review is nonsense doesn’t depend on whether the reviewer likes the book. After all, nobody is obligated to like anything (and some things, like academic books, are not necessarily designed to be liked). The really worthless reviews are ones where a reviewer’s ideological preoccupations and hobby horses take precedence over the reading, and … Continue reading

More limericks for Megatrend

More limericks for Megatrend

 There was already a question about the Interior minister, but this week the story has expeanded: his academic supervisor, also the head of the university, seems to have a doctorate that nobody can find, as reported (in English, no less) by Marko Milanović and Miljana Radivojecić.     I. Knowledge itself is an end on … Continue reading

Never seen a fake doctor before?

Never seen a fake doctor before?

Even though no major media have been reporting it, by now you already know that the web site Peščanik (that has a link, but it may not lead you to the page because of persistent denial-of-service attacks — you can still get the English translation at Balkanist, though) published on Sunday an article by three academics … Continue reading

A look back at 2013

A look back at 2013

Happy new year, everyone! By some measure, the ten top news stories. In Serbia, after five years of the Democratic Party trying to pretend it was just like the Serbian Radical Party and the Serbian Progressive Party trying to prove it was just like the Democratic Party, they finally traded identities. Croatia joined the EU … Continue reading