Monthly Archives: January 2008

Thanks, Steve!

Steve Jobs on why the Amazon Kindle doesn’t matter: Today he had a wide range of observations on the industry, including the Amazon Kindle book reader, which he said would go nowhere largely because Americans have stopped reading. “It doesn’t … Continue reading

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Alan Moore on the Fiction Universe

This is from Jess Nevins’s amazing A Blazing World: The Unofficial Companion to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II, which includes separate interviews with Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.  It’s as if Moore is describing my nonmajors class this … Continue reading

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On getting ready to teach a humanities computing course . . .

With the start of classes next week comes one of my 2 brand-new preps this semester: ENG 481: Digital Literary Studies, which is sort of an English-focused intro to humanities computing.  (Texts: Landow’s HyperText 3.0; Amerika’s Meta/Data, and Hayles’s Writing … Continue reading

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Maybe Christina Hoff Sommers was a little right

My first reaction to “war against boys” rhetoric is to roll my eyes a bit–somehow, the war on boys doesn’t seem to be eroding male privilege overall in America. But, since–as you may have heard–we have a 4-yr-old boy, I … Continue reading

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The answer is *always* yes.

In general, I’ve been getting a lot of excited feedback about the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen class, which starts the 23rd.  Certainly I’m excited, but more than a few students have been getting in touch–more than 5 different students e-mailed … Continue reading

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An interview with Jennifer L. Knox

For my Thursday post at Bookslut this week, I’ve got an interview with the astonishing Jennifer L. Knox about her new book, Drunk by Noon.  Here’s a taste: It’s obligatory, I think, to describe your poems’ humor as transgressive. What’s … Continue reading

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Freud lollipops!

The PsychoSlut is very disappointed that no one had alerted him to these splendid-looking confections until just now.  (Thx, Taylor!) A bargain at ~$1.15/lollipop! (But why watermelon?)

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Book Review: Epistles, by Mark Jarman

There’s no PsychoSlut column in Bookslut this month, a combination of MLA, end-of-semester crises, and a snafu involving an interviewee.  It’ll be back in February! I did, however, get a review in on time: Mark Jarman’s Epistles, a book of … Continue reading

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And in the fifth year . . . a miracle!

Today I went to the campus bookstore for the ritualistic pre-semester check of my book order, and–ZOMG!!!–all the books are ordered in the correct editions!  And almost all of them are in! You’ll pardon my excitement, but this is the … Continue reading

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Handwriting!

A disclaimer at the start: I have terrible handwriting.  (Privately, I blame my old-skool 3rd grade teacher, who was inclined to have me switch hands from left to right, which both was unsuccessful and exacerbated the fact that I skipped … Continue reading

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