HUMANITIES

IASPM-US 2017 Talk: “‘Counting It Out Differently’: Lemonade’s Demonic Calculus”

Here’s the text of my talk for IASPM-US 2017 so that you can follow along Friday afternoon if you’re there, or peek at what I’m doing if you aren’t. The talk uses Katherine McKittrick’s concept of “demonic calculus” as a......

Unsolicited Review: “The Good Writer”

“The Good Writer: Virtue Ethics and the Teaching of Writing” by John Duffy College English 79:3 January 2017 Gist Teaching writing is more than teaching rules (deontology) or teaching to outcomes and purposes (consequentialism). It’s about teaching students how to … Continue reading →...

NATURAL SCIENCES

This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell

This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell:

Once again, it turns out reality is much more freaky than the imagination of the most twisted horror writers.

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The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin

After reading the epic Foundation series of novels by Asimov, I was in the mood for a change of pace in science fiction.  I turned to another brilliant author, Ursula K. Le Guin, and her classic 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness.

I vaguely remember being told about this novel when I was in college, though I didn’t read it then. At the time, the description that I was given was more or less “a book entirely about linguistic, social and cultural details.”  ...

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