Syllabus (de)constructed

Winter break is over, the semester is underway, and the winter doldrums have set in. It’s long past time I get back to this blog. I’ve been mulling ideas of what to discuss but much of it is too depressing (the news) too self-aggrandizing (I replaced the screen on my iPhone all by myself!) or …

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Long uncomfortable silence

Serial just ended. Like most people, I listened to the entire series, and looked forward to each new podcast on Thursdays. Like most people, I also have an opinion about the series. The main critique I’ve heard about it is that it’s racist. Personally, I think that’s a counterproductive accusation. Let me explain with an …

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Hunting and gathering in the stacks

A few weeks ago, I got an email saying the Simpson Library will be culling its art-related collection (everything in the Ns), and went there to see which books I thought should stay. When I got there, I saw many more books with the “marked for culling” white slips than I had expected. I madly …

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I can’t breathe

I don’t usually write in this space about current events. But after yesterday I feel helpless. So I am writing for catharsis if nothing else. Yesterday told us that police officers can just feel free to kill whoever they want. Yesterday told us that our justice system is still broken. Yesterday told us that we …

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