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self-promotion – The Salt-Box http://www.jbj.wordherders.net "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Thu, 09 May 2013 17:06:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Land of the Lost: in which I suffer for the sake of knowledge http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/06/06/land-of-the-lost-in-which-i-suffer-for-the-sake-of-knowledge/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/06/06/land-of-the-lost-in-which-i-suffer-for-the-sake-of-knowledge/#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2009 14:58:33 +0000 geekdadland of the lostmovies http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/06/06/land-of-the-lost-in-which-i-suffer-for-the-sake-of-knowledge/ Continue reading ]]> This weekend at GeekDad I have a “10 things parents should know” post up about Land of the Lost, which was almost no fun at all.  That said, there’s always a silver lining:

10.  Well, is there at least a GeekDad-friendly catchphrase?

Yes!  “Matt Lauer can suck it!” “Science shows no mercy.  And neither do I.”

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Here’s a funny thing (actually, 2) http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/04/29/heres-a-funny-thing-actually-2/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/04/29/heres-a-funny-thing-actually-2/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2009 02:28:56 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/04/29/heres-a-funny-thing-actually-2/ Continue reading ]]> Two announcements:

I’m mostly pleased to say that, as of this afternoon, I’m the president-elect (effective virtually immediately) of the CCSU AAUP chapter.  On our campus, that’s a union position, representing full-time *and* part-time faculty, librarians, and coaches.  I say “mostly pleased” because, while I care a great deal about the university, its faculty, and the role of higher education, these are obviously pretty miserable times.  The union will be voting soon on a wage/benefits concession package, and there’s no reason to think that funding for higher education will improve over the course of my term.  Frankly, I’m shocked there was another candidate!

The other reason I’m “mostly” pleased is that I’m on sabbatical for the fall, but obviously this will keep me on campus some . . . . Sigh.  That said, I’ve got debts no honest man can pay, so let the corruption and graft begin, am I right?

There may be some implications for the blog and twitter account, but they’ll probably be minor.  (Probably fewer jokes about corruption, huh?  Although I can tell you where the bodies will be buried: In the pond 2 blocks from my house. It’s convenient–I walk by it on the way home from campus.)

Anyway, to commemorate the election, here’s an obligatory Billy Bragg video, plus two by The Hold Steady: “Stay Positive” and “Constructive Summer.”

I’m less ambivalent about the other announcement, which is that I’ll be writing in a more official capacity for the amazing Wired.com blog, GeekDad. (As will CCSU student Alex Jarvis!) I’ve written a couple of one-off posts for them in the past, and am excited to be able to do so more regularly.

So, I guess that’s it.  Union chapter president.  GeekDad writer.  If you think about it, it’s deeply, deeply funny that Merlin Mann mentioned me in a post about priorities. But, that’s why he’s brilliant.

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Review: Freud’s Wizard: Ernest Jones and the Transformation of Psychoanalysis, by Brenda Maddox http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/09/review-freuds-wizard-ernest-jones-and-the-transformation-of-psychoanalysis-by-brenda-maddox/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/09/review-freuds-wizard-ernest-jones-and-the-transformation-of-psychoanalysis-by-brenda-maddox/#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2007 03:34:31 +0000 biographybooksbrenda maddoxernest jonesfreudpsychoanalysisreview http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/09/review-freuds-wizard-ernest-jones-and-the-transformation-of-psychoanalysis-by-brenda-maddox/ Continue reading ]]> In this month’s Bookslut, I review Brenda Maddox’s new biography of Ernest Jones:

Three of Brenda Maddox’s splendid biographies center on famous modernist marriages: D. H. & Frieda Lawrence, W. B. & Georgie Yeats, and James and Nora Joyce. Like many modernists, Lawrence, Yeats, and Joyce each was keenly interested in making art more psychologically rich and complex. That Maddox’s newest biography should focus on Ernest Jones thus makes a satisfyingly perverse sense: For what was Jones but Freud’s work wife?

Read the whole thing here.

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Klaver’s _The Apostle of the Flesh: A Critical Life of Charles Kingsley http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/02/klavers-_the-apostle-of-the-flesh-a-critical-life-of-charles-kingsley/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/02/klavers-_the-apostle-of-the-flesh-a-critical-life-of-charles-kingsley/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2007 18:57:46 +0000 authorbiographycharles kingsleyelsewheremuscular ChristianityreviewVictorian http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/07/02/klavers-_the-apostle-of-the-flesh-a-critical-life-of-charles-kingsley/ Continue reading ]]> The new Victorian Studies (Winter 2007), and included in it is my review of J. M. I. Klaver’s The Apostle of the Flesh: A Critical Life of Charles Kingsley (Brill, 2006).  Here’s the first graf:

In 1872, Vanity Fair remarked that “Time and opinions move so fast that it is difficult to recall the period, though it is really so recent, when the Rev. Charles Kingsley, sometime author of ‘Alton Locke’ and now Chaplain to the Queen [ . . . ] was one of the most daring and advanced revolutionists of his cloth” (qtd. in Klaver 472; Klaver’s ellipsis).  Vanity Fair omits many reasons why Kingsley might fascinate modern Victorianists: his complex emphasis on manliness, masculinity, and the body; his immersion in scientific projects (sanitation reform) and debates; his jingoism and sense of national mission, even when these sanctioned brutal or near-genocidal violence; the conflict with John Henry Newman; his children’s books, especially The Water Babies (1863); and his interest in sexual satisfaction within marriage as an almost sacramental blessing.  And yet all too frequently, knowledge of Kingsley can devolve into the following series: muscular Christian; self-destructive combatant with Newman; author of Alton Locke (1850) and The Water Babies, plus a few other works.  J. M. I. Klaver’s The Apostle of the Flesh seeks to restore Kingsley to a more central place in the Victorian period.

Interested parties without access to Victorian Studies can e-mail me for the review.  My edition of Kingsley’s Alton Locke is due to Broadview in a mere six weeks!

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Assessment & Accountability http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/06/22/assessment-accountability/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/06/22/assessment-accountability/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2007 11:57:31 +0000 accountabilityassessmenthigher education http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/06/22/assessment-accountability/ Continue reading ]]> Over at Academic Commons, my first post is up: It’s about the so-called Voluntary System of Accountability being promulgated by the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) in response to the Spellings Commission.

Inasmuch as the VSA program relies on standardized testing to assess general education / liberal arts outcomes, I have misgivings about its utility.  And since it’s trying to capture “value-added” education, the problem of student motivation seems insoluble: The VSA methodology suggests testing random samples of first-year and senior students.  But, almost by definition, the assessment can’t be part of the student’s grade for the class.  Why any senior would take this seriously is beyond me.

Having said that, I’m probably a little bit more sanguine about the public reporting of assessment data than some colleagues.  On the one hand, I’ll admit that too much federal control of this would be disastrous; on the other hand, I do think that colleges have been so high-handed about the sanctity of their mission, and so blithely confident in the effectiveness of their methods, that unconventional methods are called for.

Anyway, read the whole thing there.

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New Bookslut post http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/06/21/new-bookslut-post/ http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/06/21/new-bookslut-post/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2007 19:10:56 +0000 bookspoetryself-promotion http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2007/06/21/new-bookslut-post/ My weekly post at Blog of a Bookslut is up. Topics include the new book of Guantanamo Bay detainee poems, a new edition of Blake’s illustrations of “Comus,” the “Immanent Willy,” and more.

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