Monthly Archives: July 2008

For CCSU people: Winter Session 2009 in London

More details will follow soon, but it looks like A & I will be taking classes to London during the 2009 Winter Session.  There’ll be 200- (suitable for nonmajors) and 400-level courses on American modernist expats, and a 400-level class … Continue reading

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Profiting from rejection, or, I’m going to Portugal!

Earlier this summer, I wrote up a short paper based on my wikified class notes assignment, and sent it off to WikiSym 2008 as a research paper proposal.  This was, in retrospect, overly ambitious: The “research paper” section really is … Continue reading

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4 points of unbridled commercialism

The Hartford Craigslist is apparently primarily read by people who say, “yes, I’ll pay the full asking price for item X,” only to write back a few hours later and say, “actually, can you take 60% of the asking price?” … Continue reading

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Two things that have given me the heebie-jeebies today

First, Kevin Carey’s terrific op-ed on the changing role of student loan debt in today’s InsideHigherEd.com, as well as the comment thread, is terrifying, though sadly familiar.  A &I mordantly refer to our student loan debt as our second, nicer … Continue reading

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The reviewer reviewed: Lost Causes in Victorian Studies

So, maybe you’ve read my post on going from the dissertation to the book, but you don’t know whether the final outcome is any good.  Lost Causes has gotten several reviews so far–in Novel, Clio, and The Dickens Quarterly–and they’ve … Continue reading

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Ambiguous measurements, or, pediatricians can bite me

One of the unexpected joys of parenting has been the extent to which pediatricians seem to feel comfortable raising all sorts of hellish worries based on scant or flimsy evidence. It’s especially exciting when they do this in front of … Continue reading

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Review: Ciaran Carson’s For All We Know

The July issue of Bookslut also has my review of Ciaran Carson’s book of poems, For All We Know.  Here’s a taste: The final poem in the collection, “Zugzwang,” captures this perspective eloquently. Zugzwang means “compulsion to move”: it names … Continue reading

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An interview with Lisa Appignanesi about Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors

The July Bookslut went live today, and I’m delighted to say that it includes my long interview with Lisa Appignanesi about her recent book, Mad, Bad, and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors. People who study Freud will know Appignanesi … Continue reading

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