Category Archive: Politics

The Feminist Bookstore Video and Yes Means Yes

That prankster Jessica Valenti, of Feministing, is back at it (in the aftermath of her book Full Frontal Feminism) with an essay collection in progress entitled Yes Means Yes. As sometimes happens, I’ve… Continue reading

Zizek the Embarrassment

(x-posted to The Valve) “Resistance is Surrender” –Headline of Slavoj Zizek’s new article for the London Review of Books There is a telling moment in the film Zizek! where Zizek discusses his own… Continue reading

Academic Blogging Revisited

(x-posted to The Valve) Dear readers, It’s been a little more than a year since I began blogging under my own name, began contributing to The Valve, and generally took my first steps… Continue reading

The Haunting Wordsworth: Romantic Poets and Monkeys With Typewriters

(x-posted to The Valve) (UPDATED: I recommend the full text of Ray Davis’s post on the matter, available here.) You might go on extending the list of explanations indefinitely, but you would find,… Continue reading

The University and the Specter of Horowitz

(x-posted to The Valve) They say in Harlan County There are no neutrals there You’ll either be a union man Or a thug for J. H. Blair -Florence Reese (lyrics), “Which Side Are… Continue reading

I Can’t Believe I Just Watched Knocked Up

There are, I feel, many unanswered questions about how I could write that whole endless post about, among other things, Superbad, and then go into radio silence for several weeks as the quarter… Continue reading

I’m McLovin It: Sexuality in the Age of Advertising

(x-posted to The Valve) The setting is a mojitos-and-burgers place in the Lower East Side: shaded, pricey, with outdoor seating and fresh guacamole. I’m there with two friends, two other women I’ve just… Continue reading

Gee, Officer Krupke: Disillusionment with Reflexivity

(x-posted to The Valve) (N.B. As I prepare simultaneously for a dissertation that will be grappling with the rise of self-help, and a post about sex and love, I find myself reading a… Continue reading

Culture, Fiction, and the Humanities

(x-posted to The Valve) Timothy Burke, at his blog Easily Distracted, wrote a post some time ago arguing for a Department of Everything Studies. Scott Eric Kaufman at Acephalous responded, and so did… Continue reading

In Response to Projekt Enlightenment

Dear readers, I’m still drowning in work, and unable to post as I would like. Still, I try to keep up how I can, and just commented over at Projekt Enlightenment in response… Continue reading