Author Archives: Phil Ford

About Phil Ford

Chairman of the Committee for the Memorial to the Victims of Modernism

Goodbye, but not farewell

It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you. Without a strong rhyme to step to. A long, long time — more than a year. Many of you know that my energies of late have been mostly devoted to … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Meta, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

No one understands you, redux

Since 2006 (with time off now and then) I have been recording my thoughts here at Dial M. By now Jonathan and I have accumulated close to 700 posts at Dial M and at this point I have forgotten a … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Current Affairs, Intellectuals, Politics

The mental game: advice for campus interviews

Last Friday I gave a short talk at the “Preparing Future Faculty” conference that the IU sociology department puts on each year. I was one of three faculty who presented on the theme of “advice from a hiring perspective” for … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Labor, Life

Birth of the Weird

A few months ago, I announced that J.F. Martel and I are starting a podcast, Weird Studies. And now, at last, here it is! New episodes will be added soon, but for now we have two up: a half-hour intro … Continue reading

Posted in Podcasts, the cold war never ended!, Weird Studies | 3 Comments

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before

Update: Right after I posted this it occurred to me that I had posted video of fascists marching (from 2015, btw) and missed my chance to insert the perfect reaction gif:  

Posted in Image post, Politics

Good prose is written by people who are not frightened

This summer has been, for me, the summer of Twin Peaks. I am a huge David Lynch fan from way back. Twin Peaks gives me all kinds of things I can write about, not least of which is my theory … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Podcasts, Politics, Weird Studies | 6 Comments

Trump vs. Trudeau: An Analysis

I suppose it’s a sign of what things have come to when we celebrate a successfully defended handshake as a famous victory. But I’ll take it. I have never been prouder, as a Canadian, than when Justin Trudeau shrewdly countered Donald … Continue reading

Posted in Athletics, Gestural analysis, Politics | 1 Comment