1.  Instant Chewbacca — a new take on instant rimshot. 2.  Jeff and Erin’s EPIC Wedding Trailer — a wedding I want to go to! 3. Salvador Dali on “What’s my Line?” — A surreal bit of old black and white television. 4. I Just Remembered Chris Matthews was White — Great response to Chris Matthews. The author talks about “luxurious ignorance,” i.e., white people’s obliviousness. Good read. 5. JD Salinger dies (NPR) — I loved Franny and Zoey better than Catcher in the Rye. What a curious man he was. 6.  Letter to the Editor, Daily Reveille (LSU student paper) — A depressing manifestationRead More →

The origin of the word “swag” is appropriate since we are now in Mardi Gras season. Swag, as a bag to haul stuff around in, has been used for half a century in one form or another.  The version we use today – the free crap you get from car dealers, trade shows, and Mardi Gras floats – first appeared around the 1920s. During that time, it referred specifically to the sort of crap folks got from fairground showmen. From a bag to haul your crap in, to the crap you haul in your bag, either way swag has got it. I hope my husbandRead More →

New technologies erode the boundary between the personal and the public, as Joshua Meyrowitz observed about television in No Sense of Place twenty five years ago. Since displaying ourselves is de rigeur, thanks especially to Facebook and Twitter, I feel less guilty about doing it on my blog, even though personal disclosure was never my original intent. In class, students appear to enjoy my disclosure. Still, there’s an art to disclosing appropriately in the classroom, one that has taken me years to balance comfortably. As one friend put it, it’s easy “to hold your students hostage” to your personal narratives in class, which is anRead More →