Category: Personal

2016 in Review

The last half of 2016 almost seems like a different year from the first. It is that the resurgence of rightwing populism was sudden but that the power it has amassed became suddenly undeniable. The danger no longer looms: it…

Year-End Review

One of the things I love about an academic life is how many chances for reflection, renewal, and rebirth there are. Each term is a chance for rebirth, and we also get the rhythms of the calendar year. It is following…

Mr. Spock’s Strange Path—And Mine

  When I woke up to Leonard Nimoy, Spock, Vulcan, Wrath of Khan, and #StarTrek trending on Twitter, I knew what had happened. Now there is a sentence that would have made no sense in those years when Spock was so important…

Manifesto(cean)

If I can wake up every morning and face the fallen world with an open heart, even if I know that it will hurt, If I can bring an open heart to a world in which educated people would rather…