Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Bruce Springsteen, feminist. Which, really, should come as no surprise, but in the current atmosphere of normalized misogyny, is a welcome breath of air. I'm on record as predicting that Springsteen's memoir would be dull, but now I think I want to read it, and I am thinking also that I may have to recant.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Very flattered to have been asked to participate on a panel with Dr. Anthony Neal, Dr. Patrick McGovern, and Dr. Peter Yacobucci last night at Buffalo State previewing and post-morting last night's Presidential debate. For the most part what we got was what, I think, we should have expected: Trump is a sputtering rage monster, and HRC is capable and knowledgeable. I think she did a good job of letting Trump descend into incoherence, and she seemed to be having fun with it, which softened her a bit. This morning's NPR coverage was a little too close to the sort of equivalency coverage that has been the problem with media coverage in general this election, but at this point there isn't much that can be done about that. One of the things that's fun about this BuffState gig is that I get asked to do stuff like this. I felt pretty Political Science-y talking about survey data and Jerry Ford's Eastern European debate slip and stuff.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
This is what being a sole practitioner means: it's a beautiful fall Sunday, and I am in the office Bates stamping exhibits. #NotesOnAGlamorProfession
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Edward Albee and W.P. Kinsella. That's a rough weekend. I'm not sure how I first became aware of Kinsella, but I think it was through his stories about Frank Fencepost, about life on western Canada's Ermineskin Indian Reserve. The baseball stuff is fine, but the Fencepost stories really seemed to me to be where his heart was.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I've always liked Time Fades Away, but I see no need to upgrade my vinyl copy
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Number 40 at my polling place at 9:23
Friday, September 09, 2016
I'm ambivalent about the practice of playing the Star Spangled Banner at the start of sporting events, although I suppose one advantage it has in its favor is the opportunity it presents to make a political statement. I'd add that I enjoy singing it at the start of races.