by | 08.26.2009
What is it about the human (Western?) mind that compels us to think in narratives?
by | 08.20.2009
An uncertain faith is the title of the manuscript I am currently working on. It refers to an alternate definition of faith to that used by atheists to dismiss religious believers, namely, belief without evidence.
by | 08.18.2009
Poetry translates badly: granted. A poem’s diction, tone, syntax, and sound—the things that make it memorable—cannot be fully reproduced in another language. Agreed. So, what are we to do? Give up? Limit ourselves to verse we can read in the original? Such a decision seems foolish in an era when globalization has become an idée fixe.
by | 08.11.2009
I never had a good relationship to fusion when fusion was most popular—a period that coincided with my own teenage years. Now I can appreciate certain aspects of it more because I no longer feel resentful that it watered down jazz just at the moment when I was coming of age as a jazz fan.
by | 08.10.2009
For my first post on Arcade I thought I would introduce myself and my recent and current projects. I graduated with a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford in 1988 and am Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I blog at Bemsha Swing, mostly about jazz and contemporary Spanish poetry.
by | 08.09.2009
With the help of Bonnie Tyler's 1983 #1 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” I'm still trying to figure out what differentiates Adorno from what he calls cultural critics in "Cultural Criticism and Society."
by | 08.04.2009
This piece, "The Real Reasons to Support Language Study," published July 27, 2009 in The Chronicle of Higher Education, is particularly relevant given the recent announcement by UCLA to issue lay-off letters to its state-funded, "post-six" lecturers.
by | 08.03.2009
Lately, I've been trying to educate myself on the way that public higher education works, particularly at the University of California where I teach.