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Poems on the University

1. Poem on the Xerox Machine The Xerox machine is not printing currently, But feel free to try it Later on today. We wanted you to know That we are...

David Brooks Writes a Yelp Review of the New Thai Restaurant

The new Thai restaurant, Pad Basil, is a great and searing contribution to the dining options on Tenth Avenue. It is a mind-altering account...

How Email Ruined My Life

(For Tom)   I got my first email account the fall I started graduate school, in 1995. Even then I had an inkling of the pressures...

Historians Who Look Too Much

One of my guiding assumptions has been that if I am going to get my ass kicked while acting in my capacity as a professor...

Editing as Carework: The Gendered Labor of Public Intellectuals

Editing Avidly is one of the primary ways I manifest the role of “public intellectual” (ugh). I think editing is a relatively undertheorized intellectual...

High Stakes Criticism: The Case for Academic Gossip

One foggy fall day, I came across a savage review of an academic book. The book was written by someone I know well. The reviewer seemed delighted...