Monthly Archives: February 2013

Your Neighborhood Grocery Store

Grocery stores are the intersections of life. They are sites of culture, commerce, and exchange where we traffic in power relations, interpersonal connections, and political commitments. They are stages for enacting liberal guilt and way stations for the study of food politics. I have become highly conscious of this complexity while trying to wean myself of my unhealthy addiction to…

unForeclosed: Ontological Homelessness

As a nation, we are ontologically insecure, yet we define ourselves as exceptional. We are ontologically homeless in a state of exception. Political theorists and pundits talk about American exceptionalism as a global stance, as a doctrinal extension of our manifest destiny. In the American Monomyth, Jewett and Lawrence elaborate on this bedrock of our national imagination. We conceive ourselves…

Salad Text

Smart phones have changed the easy e do business, to putt it mildly. i Swype with my druid and voice text orvoice tore sulk the tinge. Come again? Smart phones have changed the way we do business, to state the obvious. I use the Swype keyboard app or the voice feature on my Droid (not druid, though it is a…

Gratitudes

Gratitudes: It’s Been a Long Lonely, Lonely Time

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

Forgetting to post gratitudes makes me forget to be grateful.

1. The BRCC community for fortitude in the face of uncertainty.

2. The Boomerangs of Baton Rouge for planting the seeds of cosmopolitan life in this city.

3. The LGBT activists for persistence and vision.

4. Dialogue on Race Louisiana for forging ahead.

5. The LSU Performance Studies folks for unwavering spirit and creativity.

6. BRPN for progressing in spite of it all.

7. The Unitarian Church for providing an early haven, however brief.

8. The women I worked with at the LSU Women’s Center. You built something wonderful and sustainable, and I am honored to have been part of it.

9. Everyone, young and old, present and absent, that I ever played D&D with in Baton Rouge.

10. Ladies who lunch; despite our difference in ends and means, I respect the difference they make for the part of the projects we share.

Higher Education and the State of Public Humanities

Big Bird was almost executed in the last election, and his stay of execution was a relief to progressives and liberals. An email exchange with a colleague reminded me about using Sesame Street in a class activity for teaching about the “death of the humanities.” Introduction to Humanities that semester focused on public humanities and the democratization of the humanities…

Obama, Chaucer, and the Politics of Representation

In a picture, when a child touches a black president’s hair, representational politics changes the world. In the 90s when academics and television pundits were busily engaged in the culture wars, I believed mastering the politics of representation was revolutionary. Surely, transformative images would en/gender transformative politics, and that social change could come from studying and politicizing media, popular culture,…