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Punk Country

Punk Country

Published: Sep 30th, 2019

  Tennessee Two, that’s like a punk band. –Elvis Costello Ken Burns’s Country Music documentary wrapped its PBS broadcast last week, and now you can binge it. I didn’t expect the… Read More

Stone Stories: Louise Erdrich and Geologic Time

Stone Stories: Louise Erdrich and Geologic Time

Published: Sep 25th, 2019

A stone is a thought that the earth develops over inhuman time.  The first stories I remember were children’s stories my mother read to me, and Bible stories I heard… Read More

Liquid Whitman

Liquid Whitman

Published: Jul 4th, 2019

Happy 4th of July in this bicentennial year of Walt Whitman’s birth! In addition to archival exhibits and poetry contests, the major U.S. celebrations include a 7-part liquid tribute from… Read More

Rocketmen

Rocketmen

Published: Jun 8th, 2019

Seeing Rocketman this week recalled what most struck middle-school me about Elton John, master of styles. There were other piano men moving onto my Memphis radio dial in the early… Read More

What Is Sustainable Pedagogy?

What Is Sustainable Pedagogy?

Published: May 8th, 2019

The Humanities have become a sustainability study in these STEM-driven times for higher education. How does our hive survive the academic climate changes of a shrinking professoriate, curricular compression, and… Read More

Five Things about Mina Loy’s “Songs to Joannes”

Five Things about Mina Loy’s “Songs to Joannes”

Published: Feb 6th, 2019

Maker of poems, paintings and assemblages, designer of household objects, Mina Loy is a fitting figure to bring into my seminar Modernist Studies & Pedagogy. Her creations are magnets of modernity.… Read More

Tidying Up with Gertrude Stein

Tidying Up with Gertrude Stein

Published: Jan 22nd, 2019

Tidiness is not a delicacy… Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons What serendipity teaching Tender Buttons again during a week I’m also watching the Netflix sensation Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Doyennes… Read More

West or Bust: Culture Clash in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

West or Bust: Culture Clash in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Published: Dec 3rd, 2018

I’m two-thirds through the Coen Brothers’ latest take on the Wild West, their Netflix production The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (see the trailer here.) And thus far, the image that sticks with me… Read More

What If my Students Don’t Like a Text?

What If my Students Don’t Like a Text?

Published: Nov 16th, 2018

As my unit’s Director of Graduate Student Teaching, I write an advice column for my staff. I generate my topics from their questions and my own experience. Here’s this week’s… Read More

ArchiTextures: Stories and Stanzas

ArchiTextures: Stories and Stanzas

Published: Nov 11th, 2018

When a building stands complete and in use, it seems to want to tell you about the adventure of its making. – Louis I. Kahn What manner of building shall… Read More