by | 03.07.2011
As of this week, Arcade has complete audio from a recent Rutgers symposium on new directions in ecocriticism, with talks by Rob Nixon, Cate Sandilands, Timothy Morton, and Ursula Heise.
by | 03.03.2011
In Alex Gibney's documentary "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," which is now available on Netflix's "instant queue," the ex-governor of New York at times refers to himself as the protagonist of a modern Greek tragedy, which caused me to puzzle over which tragic hero of classical antiquity would be his most fitting role model.
by | 03.02.2011
There is adjustment between the animal and its food, its parasite, its enemy. Balances are kept. --Emerson, Fate
by | 02.27.2011
With a certain anguish of soul, I note that "free reign" seems now to be the accepted reanalysis of "free rein" even among quite educated people. It makes some sense, of course, and as a figure of thought it makes more sense to the average person of the 21st century than an equestrian metaphor.
by | 02.22.2011
As Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Washington English Department, I am responsible for reading every application to our MA/PhD program. I just finished file number four hundred sixty five and am allowed a few days' rest.
by | 02.21.2011
(In which poetry specifically does not provide consolation, and a good thing too.)
by | 02.17.2011
I have previously posted about a conference I'm organizing at the University of Oregon entitled Food Justice: Community, Equity, Sustainability.
by | 02.17.2011
We're all fairly familiar with proleptic irony: the irony of anticipation in which we know something that a character in a narrative doesn't know yet. Now meet its weird sister, born today: apoleptic irony. (Thanks office hours with a super smart undergrad!) I love it when a new term is born, this time with the help of my handy Woodhouse's English–Greek dictionary.