Oh, the Humanities!

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
When I first heard the term “Digital Humanities” a decade ago, it seemed like something brewed up for use by those who want to poison the humanities—still does.…

Tellin’ It Like It Is: Politics and Donald Trump’s Language

[Photo by Marc Nozell – https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/24622320840/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46901376 ] [For a 2019 continuation, click here.] When Indiana Jones, played by Donald Trump, shoots the Cairo Swordsman (with Jeb Bush and a… Continue reading

August, 1968

What follows is the draft of a chapter of a book I am working on, one based on my experiences as a 16-year-old in 1968. This chapter covers the most dramatic events in… Continue reading

The Old National Road in Togo, West Africa

One thing I’ve always adored are fading traces of the past. Togo, when it was Togoland, was a German colony (that changed in World War I, when it was split into now what… Continue reading

We Have Been Too Quiet

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
What’s the point of having academic credentials if you can’t use them? Sure, we make them into bludgeons inside the ivory tower, but that’s really just child’s play:…

Penne for My Thoughts: A Short Fiction

The other day, as I waited next to the maître d’ station in Maria’s Restaurant on Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay for the penne puttanesca my wife hankered for but didn’t feel up… Continue reading

Unfolding: An Academic Memoir

My students don’t see much mystery in me, a fat white man the age of their grandparents hiding behind a beard and a jacket and a tie. I try to see the mystery… Continue reading

Just Who’s the Troll?

When I’ve tried to deal directly with internet trolls, I’ve had little luck. What I mean is, their minds were made up about me before they trolled whatever I might have written. No… Continue reading

The Disease of the Lie and the Slur

The current revulsion toward the disease of Donald Trump, perhaps best characterized (by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship) as “a virus infecting our politics and right now… flourishing with a scarlet heat,” has… Continue reading

“’David, the question is what are you doing out there?’”

The salient phrase in today’s David Brooks column in The New York Times is, “If we talked as if people had souls.” The central word is “talked.” Almost as important is “we.” It’s… Continue reading