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Mine the Tension Series: Observing with Interest

Me: I really liked what you had to say the other day in your craft talk about writing about rooms. FG: Thanks. Me: I tried writing about one, you know, as an exercise. It didn’t quite work out. I guess … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 5 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

Today was, unfortunately, my last day in the archive. For now. To make matters less difficult, I scheduled myself to look at half a box. That way I knew I could get through it all. I also decided to craft … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 4 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

Today felt like a Monday: all sluggish and slow. My body wasn’t doing as I wanted, but that’s not new to me. The archive still beckoned. As I rode to The Huntington, I was immersed in Tavia Nyong’o’s The Amalgamation … Continue reading

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Digging in the Crates: Day 3 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

I went in today feeling fierce. I was not quite beat to capacity but I was beat the house down. (If you have no idea what I just said, google “beat,” “beat to capacity,” and “the house down.”) Anyhow, I … Continue reading

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Episodes of the Epicurean: In Search of the “Perfect” Caloric Day

One of the reasons I gave up on this journey so often before is because it used to feel like every day I had a setback. A lunch with the wrong amount of simple carbs. A dinner with desert and … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XIII: Because Perfection Is Not The Issue

In my Literary Theory class, I had long resigned myself to the fact that I could not teach them everything in 12 weeks. As an antidote to leaving many more theories out, I designed a presentation assignment where the students … Continue reading

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Teaching an Accessible Classroom

As I look forward to next semester, I’m trying to figure out how to plan my Black Poetry class and my course on Black Literary Theory. Every professor knows that after the texts are ordered and the dates are clear, … Continue reading

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Political Flesh VIII: When the Flesh is Absent

It was not a teachable moment. A picture was posted of me teaching on the Bates College Facebook page. The caption gave a snapshot of the day’s lesson: that a cheeseburger is a metaphor for good analytical paragraphs. In the … Continue reading

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Intellectual Leftovers

So, I just finished writing a piece. I’m excited to report that it is ready for peer review among my immediate circle. That is, once they’re done commenting and I make revisions, it will be ready to head to a … Continue reading

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Tales from the Desk Behind: Awesome Rejections

There are a lot of things that your advisors, peers, and mentors do not tell you when you’re going into a career. I do not believe this is a fit of pay-it-forward hazing or general absent-mindedness, but rather the glossing … Continue reading

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