even the OECD world is only half literate
26 November 2023 | 8:00 am

This is from “The Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)”. Slide twelve gives the salient definitions: Adults at level 2 literacy can only handle getting single pieces of information out of short pieces of text. Adults at level 4 can – well, it’s about what I’d probably describe as being able to think while you read. Level 3’s in between.

a hidden art reference in shirley jackson’s the haunting of hill house
29 October 2023 | 12:00 am

Happy Halloween! A spooky connection I’ve found for you. As far as I’ve found, this connection has prior documentation only in a 2013 blog comment, but it’s really something and merits its own note1. At time of publication, my website makes a feeble attempt to not be slurped up for a large language model, which makes it unsearchable by major engines. So the observation, documented here, will not contribute to the commonly searched knowledge commons. Does this make it literally occult? ↩

update: open vs. hidden
12 August 2023 | 7:00 am

Song of the summer:

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