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new syllabus posted

Extremely psyched about my fall writing course for first-years, Writing About TV!

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Rick and Morty, or I Love TV

My partner got into Rick and Morty before I did, and at first, to the half-attention I paid it as I was cooking or scrolling through Twitter or doing other things, it seemed like just another one of the dozen … Continue reading

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On the Writing that is Not Writing

I haven’t written any blog posts at all this semester. In fact, I’ve only written one since the world turned upside down on November 8. One story I tell myself about this silence is that I don’t have any words … Continue reading

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Night of the Animals

Bill Broun’s Night of the Animals is the novel I needed as 2016 ebbed and we began waiting, scarcely daring to breathe, for the Trump presidency to begin. Lives are hanging in the balance as a Republican-dominated Congress works by … Continue reading

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Little Bird

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Chernobyl in photos

Earlier this year, to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a number of newspapers and magazines ran photo essays of pictures taken from inside the exclusion zone, the mostly deserted, highly radioactive area around the power plant. … Continue reading

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Timescales – Philadelphia trip

I had a lovely weekend in Philadelphia at the TIMESCALES conference, hosted by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. I walked around the beautiful Penn campus and the Schuylkill River; visited the Penn Museum; and learned about deep time, the … Continue reading

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Punctum, the Unintentional, and Google Street View

In Camera Lucida, Barthes distinguishes between studium, the intellectual and cultural interest one might take in a photograph, and punctum, the more mysterious experience of being “pricked” or punctured by a detail in a photograph. To read a photo through … Continue reading

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The Becher Photographs

Roland Barthes proposes, in Camera Lucida, to develop a theory of photography through an intensely subjective form of introspection. “I resolved to start my inquiry with no more than a few photographs, the ones I was sure existed for me,” … Continue reading

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A rare glimpse…

Feeding behaviors of a wild Jasper

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