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Reading Frankenstein: It’s Paining Men!

Reading Frankenstein: It’s Paining Men!

Published: Oct 30th, 2018

I vowed to myself that I would read Frankenstein by Halloween this year, the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s debut novel. (The only Shelley my college professors assigned was Percy Bysshe.) I’m… Read More

Tetrameter Verse Against Pumpkin Spice

Tetrameter Verse Against Pumpkin Spice

Published: Oct 23rd, 2018

It’s that time of year when Pumpkin Spice flavor invades our beverages. What’s a professor of poetry studies to do? Write iambic tetrameter couplets against these intrusions, of course. Enjoy.… Read More

Puck Talk: The +/- Factor

Puck Talk: The +/- Factor

Published: Oct 6th, 2018

It’s opening night for my hockey club, the Tampa Bay Lightning; my preferred sports season has begun. What’s not to love about NHL hockey? It’s fast. It flows. It’s equal parts… Read More

Athena / Mentor

Athena / Mentor

Published: Aug 25th, 2018

Counting back from August to April: I hooded another PhD student, I attended my son’s college Commencement, and I received a Faculty Doctoral Mentoring award. So I’m thinking about mentoring… Read More

How to Talk to Punks at Parties

Published: Jul 3rd, 2018

My favorite movie so far this summer? How to Talk to Girls at Parties, released in the U.S. in late May. I teach a “PostPunk Cultures” course on the British… Read More

Looking at Children in News Photographs

Looking at Children in News Photographs

Published: Jun 23rd, 2018

The second time this news photograph appeared on my screen, I began to look at it more closely. You’ve likely seen this handout photo from the U.S. Department of Health… Read More

Frosted Commencement Concoction

Frosted Commencement Concoction

Published: May 15th, 2018

It’s that graduation saturation time of year again when our students, family members, and friends commence. They launch; they embark; they set forth; they begin anew. Many will receive a commencement greeting… Read More

Casting Hearts: The Yeats Effect

Casting Hearts: The Yeats Effect

Published: Feb 14th, 2018

If hearts are trump for German minimalist band Trio, hearts were more complicated for Irish poet W. B. Yeats. Dolores O’Riordan captured some of that complexity in her lyrics to… Read More

On Greek Hospitality, Mythic Incarnations & Everyday Life

On Greek Hospitality, Mythic Incarnations & Everyday Life

Published: Dec 24th, 2017

It’s Christmas Eve and I’ve just returned from Greece, where I spoke at the conference Politics of Space and the Humanities in Thessaloniki. It was my first encounter with that… Read More

Sonic Southern Gothic, Ghosts & Graveyards

Sonic Southern Gothic, Ghosts & Graveyards

Published: Oct 31st, 2017

It’s Halloween. FEST 16 just painted my downtown black with underground musicians and punk rock fans. And I’m 200 miles south of Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home. So I’m thinking about… Read More