by Emily Thornbury | 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 Brian Reed | 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 Andrew Goldstone | 02.21.2011
(In which poetry specifically does not provide consolation, and a good thing too.)
by Allison Carruth | 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 Timothy Morton | 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. 
by Marissa Gemma | 02.16.2011
We here at the publications rubric of Arcade have begun sending up digital smoke signals to call attention to the new issue of our journal Occasion, entitled "States of Welfare." Consider this post a more direct announcement—a front-page headline—for you, Arcade's faithful readers.
by Gregory Jusdanis | 02.16.2011
You’d think from current writing on transnationalism that our interconnected society is an exceptional time in human affairs. Reading work on globalization, by either academics or journalist, you get the impression that we are experiencing a unique phenomenon. Writers are so taken by contemporary developments that they forget to set them in a historical context.
by William Flesch | 02.15.2011
The standard kilogram is losing mass! A couple of keys weigh less than they used to, or anyhow one key does.