Roses from the Universe

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 […]

The Problem with WordPress

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.

Dwelling in Dark Places

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 […]

Look at the whole board

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 […]