Category Archives: Life

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


My wife and I were married 20 years ago today. Happy anniversary, babe. That’s the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, by the way. It was a beautiful place to get married. It was, among other things, gloriously reverberant. One friend … Continue reading

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On John Crowley’s Chemical Wedding and the Switched On Pop podcast

I’m working on another long-winded blog post to follow up from the last one, but it will take me a while to think through it. So in the meantime I want to write about a couple of things about which … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Life, Podcasts, Pop Culture | 2 Comments

Courage to create

One of the hazards of blogging for a long time is having to live down the effusions of an excitable and irritating former version of yourself. Back in 2006 I find myself writing that I was “totally stoked” to go … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Life, Musicology | 4 Comments


[written in LA, posted several days later] I’m in Los Angeles right now. I got a grant from IU’s invaluable New Frontiers program to go to the Getty Research Institute for a couple of weeks and do research in the … Continue reading

Posted in Avant-Garde, Life, Research | 2 Comments

I really should be practicing

My earliest piano lessons were intermittent and inconclusive: like an old lawnmower, I had to start it a few times before it caught. As a very small child (I hardly remember this at all) I took lessons from a little … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Piano | 3 Comments

What good news do you bring?

Warning: this post is very┬álong, rather serious, and takes a break from my ongoing series on Sun Ra’s Space is the Place. I will get back to that forthwith. But today, though, I want to write about something else, namely … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Life, Mind | 7 Comments