The Humbug of Copyright

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
A couple of days ago, I discovered that ¿Cuánto te Asusta el Caos?: Política, Religión y Filosofía en la obra de Philip K. Dick is available in a…

Tragedy Compounded, History Continued

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
The closest I’ve been to Bamako in Mali is a truckstop town called San, about 200 miles to the east. I was travelling to Bobo-Dioulasso after a trip…

The AAUP’s Digital Future

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
Over the three years of my involvement with the AAUP, I’ve watched this venerable faculty institution complete a reorganization and begin a process of revitalization that is already…

Assumptions and the Class Divides they Confirm

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
In the mid-1970s, when I was young and even more ignorant of the ways of the world than I am today, I learned that it was becoming necessary…

Sixteen Years, What Do You Get?

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
One of the advantages of starting an academic career late in life is the understanding of the workplace and of people one brings into the new activities. One…

No Trump Nothing

“Thou hast frighted the word out of his right sense, so forcible is thy wit. But I must tell thee plainly” says Benedict, in Much Ado About Nothing. Let me take it up… Continue reading

Naked in the Clown Car

The punditocracy is watching the wheels fall off their clown car even as they continue to point to the Trabant filled with water-squirting flowers, over-sized shoes, wigs and red noses that Donald Trump… Continue reading

Racing and Bumper Cars: Donald Trump and David Brooks

What is this “America” David Brooks is talking about? Apparently, it’s an imaginary land of equal opportunity, “a capitalist meritocracy,” as Brooks recently claimed in another column. Each individual, or each group, races… Continue reading

‘pity this busy monster, manunkind’

One of the advantages of the study of literature is that is can provide the vocabulary for any contemporary miasma. One of e e cummings’ World War II poems describes Donald Trump perfectly:… Continue reading

Chiming In on Police Stops

Reading Tressie McMillan Cottom on getting pulled over by police, I am reminded–when I stop feeling ill about what goes on today too often when African Americans are stopped by the police–of something… Continue reading