HUMANITIES

Monday Missive – November 18, 2019

From Mary Rebecca Denny to Paula Gallant Eckard — I recently received an email from JuliAnna Ávila in which she mentioned Mary Rebecca Denny, the woman for whom the Denny Building is named (see the story below for more information about JuliAnna’s email).   I remember asking about Denny when I first came to UNC Charlotte in the mid-1980s since I often taught in the Denny Building at the time.  The person I asked told me that Denny was one of the first faculty members...

“High Hopes,” “Bad Guy,” and Chill Moods: On Resilience in Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms

I’m giving a talk in the music department at Pitt on Tuesday Nov. 19 at 7pm. Here’s the full text of the talk; intro below. This connects my work in my last two books to my new work on post-probabilist......

NATURAL SCIENCES

Meeting Darlene and playing Jasmine: The Battle for the Mid-Realm!

Life has had its ups and downs over the past few years, with a number of particularly painful downs. But every once in a while, something really lovely happens that reminds me that the world still has some surprises and joys in it, if one knows where to look!

So as folks who follow my blog are probably aware, I’ve been doing a long dive into old school Dungeons & Dragons products and the early history of role-playing games; here’s my last post on the subject, for those...

The Third Grave, by David Case

As a big fan of ancient Egypt, I am a sucker for horror novels based on ancient Egyptian mythology.  So when I saw that Valancourt Books had reprinted David Case’s 1981 novel The Third Grave earlier this year, I knew I had to read it!

However, this is a caveat to my reading: I am a big fan of Valancourt editions, but the original edition of The Third Grave was released by Arkham House in a limited printing of only 4,158 copies. I’ve been putting together a humble little collection...