Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thoughts on an STS day

Spent the day in conference. Click for program. Rose too early. Does anyone in conference hotel sleep until alarm goes off? Started Jerome Loving’s biography of the yawper when could not sleep. A bit late to breakfast. Started Twittering with … Continue reading

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On melancholy at STS

Here at STS 2011 (at Penn State, not NYU), Morris Eaves set an elegiac tone with a meditative keynote on oblivion, the works of the past that scholars dream of recovering as a counterpoint to technofantasies of absolute visual and … Continue reading

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Senate Bill 5: No union, no committee work?

On the day that the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 5, I also received notification from the AAUP that one or more of my colleagues in the English Department at Kent State nominated me to serve as a departmental representative … Continue reading

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On reading Voltaire’s Candide

While prepping for my Great Books class on the conclusion for Voltaire’s Candide, I stumbled, by way of the Washington Post, onto this Slate article that uses the occasion of a study on college student unhappiness to imply that a … Continue reading

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Kafkaesque: The OED Definition

Of or relating to the Austrian writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) or his writings; resembling the state of affairs or a state of mind described by Kafka. If you know Kafka’s work, why would you need a definition? If you don’t, … Continue reading

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