Bodies and Minds Category

The body’s knowledge is a vital and dramatically neglected component of intellectual work. We offer this space for writing that sorts through what we learn (through exercise or illness or abuse or neglect) about our bodies as a thinking, laboring entities; or things that the physical reality of our bodies has taught us about other intellectual work.


What it Means

In her essay, “The White Album,” Joan Didion says, in the first sentence, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” I tell stories for a (partial) living, but for months now I have not. Instead, I’ve had this image of a woman, me, presumably, in a tiny room surrounded by concrete walls, a concrete…


On Being N.E.D.

This is an “On Being” essay. An “On Being” essay is an assignment I give my students: part personal narrative, part critical analysis. Narrative, because your lived experience matters; analytical, because to investigate and challenge that experience is to make it meaningful. I teach courses in the medical humanities, courses on health, illness, disability, and…