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“A filthy process in which I was engaged”: Revising Frankenstein

Terror, nausea, and the solitary slog of patching together cold, dead bodies in the workshop:  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus created a...

Moonlighting

In December 2013, the journalist Yasmin Nair wrote a response on her blog to the magazine Jacobin killing one of her articles, entitled “On...

Dispatch from Paternity Leave 3: Pressures

 Find the earlier installments in this series here and here.   When I was in high school and college, I painted houses each summer: now there...

I’ve Been Writing

    Avidly is running pieces about the experience and labor of writing.  We'd like to encourage people with a range of perspectives--academic, non-academic; professional, pleasurable--to...

A Small Act of Resistance

I love the genre of the academic essay and monograph.  Add that to the list of forms to which I also profess love: sonata,...

Writing and Failure

Seven months and two weeks after my first book was published, I hacked a hardback copy into hundreds of pieces with a hunting knife. ...