I was recently reminded that my home state has some funny names, so let’s celebrate that.
Vine Diesel told me to go back to the movies. I’m probably going to listen.
Cover image by Hope “Silver” Bobb There’s this play I’ve helped teach for a couple of years now—Chekov’s The Seagull. It’s… well, it’s Chekov, so it’s a bit weird and the characters behave simultaneously too realistically and too dramatically to be totally comfortable, but for purposes of this blog post all you really need to […]
Learn something new, something unexpected, something like how to host a podcast for early career academics.
Or how I learned to stop worrying and embrace formatted chaos. What follows is an unapologetic rant about WordPress site formatting, content presentation, and how it affects what is likely a tiny percentage of their overall user base. Namely, me.
Zombies weren’t always an epidemic; did you know that?
I read a lot of books about dead things. It’s an occupational hazard for a Frankenstein scholar with a penchant for medical history. Doubly so for one who teaches a course on plague and apocalypse fiction. Because of this both my real and virtual bookshelves are stacked with titles like Stiff: The Curious Lives of […]
The Bartlett Administration, cir. 1999-2000 In the early days of the pandemic, I started re-watching Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing (1999-2006), a much beloved drama chronicling the lives and intrigues big and small of President Jeb Bartlet’s eight years in office. It’s dated, there’s no doubt. The coats are boxy, the metaphors are heavy-handed, and […]
I have always wanted to be a witch. Part of that can be chalked up to my age. My sister got the first two Harry Potter books as a Christmas present in either 1999 or 2000 when I would have been six or seven. Shortly thereafter our Mom started reading them to me as bedtime […]
I’ve been thinking about characters and characterization, about the way a writer can build and populate their work with ink and paper people. About the tricks we use to make those people real for our readers. The foibles that need to be imbedded in them, the lexicons we design for them, the archetypes we use […]