Category Archives: Academia

AMS annual meeting blog post, the “I’m not going” edition

It turns out that I’m not going to AMS Vancouver. My leg is healing, but not miraculously, and while I might be able to handle the actual travel to Vancouver — it would be fun to be one of those people who gets … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Athletics, Books, GIF post | 1 Comment

“The magical turn”

Hey folks, sorry I’ve been a bit scarce on Dial M. Broke muh damn leg. Don’t want to write about that, though. I want to write about fads. If you’re in a band and are looking for a genre identity, you can … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Magic, Pop Culture, Weird Studies

Billy Joel/Public Musicology Notice

Just a note to alert everyone to the Public Musicology conference that will be held today and tomorrow at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.  One of the goals of conference organizers Ryan Bañagale and Josh Duchan is to reach beyond … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Piano, Pop Aesthetics, Pop Culture, Rock, Society | 2 Comments

Othering and smOthering

In the comments of my last post, Elizabeth Upton warns me against Othering the Medieval mind. It’s a point well-taken. If we accept the idea that certain ways of thinking about the past constitute a sort of epistemic violence — … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Weird Studies | 4 Comments

The weird and the naïve

In a post I wrote entirely too long ago (sorry), I imagined a new scholarly subfield called “Weird Studies,” which would presumably do for weirdos what Queer Studies has done for queer sexuality: formalize and fortify a marginal social identity by giving … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Philosophy, The Modern, Weird Studies | 4 Comments

In which I announce the birth and death of Weird Studies

I’ve been writing a lot about drugs lately. I’m really not a drug guy, though. My own daily intake of drugs (not counting mandatory middle-aged-guy stuff like blood pressure medication) is 2 cups of strong coffee 1 beer (2 on … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Cognitive liberty, Drugs, Intellectuals, Weird Studies, Writing | 4 Comments

What Face-Punching and the Star Wars Holiday Special Can Teach Us About Consciousness

I’ve been writing a lot about “cognitive liberty” without exactly saying what it is. At the end of my last post, I defined it as “the right of people to do whatever they like with their own consciousness and to resist … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Cognitive liberty, Drugs, Weird Studies