Posts Tagged ‘academia’


On the infection of ‘theory’

December 8, 2009

Student’s version of Marcus Garvey: Arise ye mighty race, deconstruct the hegemonic ideas of race, and discursively liberate yourselves!


I’m turning Stanley Fish, I think I’m turning Stanley Fish, I really think so…

November 13, 2009

Grading papers is turning me into a curmudgeonly Fish.


Swine’s Signs

October 30, 2009

H1N1 symptoms they forgot to mention:

1. Cognitive dodginess. You are driving back from the campus library.  You pull up to a stop sign and wait for it to change.

2. Fever dreams. You fall asleep at an elevated temperature.  You dream about getting contacted by an obscure Chinese-American playwright who had a few works staged in the 1970s.  He’s got a new script about his grandfather, the left-wing theater promoter who arranged several hitherto unknown Paul Robeson concerts in 1930s China.  He shows you tattered posters and photos of Robeson in China, presumably giving the business to imperialist Japan.  You take up the script, promising to see what can be done to get it produced.  You rush to the post office–Lord knows whom you were going to write to about this–but just outside, you see Sherman Alexie, dressed in a mail carrier’s uniform.  You stop and ask, “Aren’t you Sherman Alexie?”  Not bothering to wonder why the author is punching the clock for the USPS, you give him a spiel about this great script.  He takes the folder you offer him and says he’ll look it over.  You wake up with a sweaty cold brow.

3. Despondency. When you go down to the basement to do a load of laundry, you notice water on the floor.  The water heater burst and you have to shut off the main.  Instead of just calling the plumber and getting back to business, you think it’s a sign that the world is conspiring against you and you might as well give up.  On hot water.  On the laundry.  On the dissertation.  On the job market.


It Takes a Nation of 1,400 to Hold Me Back?

October 24, 2009

Just got news that one of the postdocs I applied for has received 1,400 applications.


No Comment Archival Thing

September 7, 2009

In 1947, Charles S. Johnson was sworn in as the first Black president of Fisk University.

CSJ at his inauguartion


Archival Treasures

July 28, 2009

There are, I am certain, historians who get a box of material and only look at the four folders relevant to their project. They probably ignore the dozen folders marked “Misc. Snapshots–Unidentified, 1930s and 1940s.”

This is what they miss:




July 23, 2009

The coldest capital city in the world. Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, 2008  Richard Wainwright

Ulan Bator 2008 Richard Wainwright