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July 31, 2012 - 8:53pm
Mudwoman is Joyce Carol Oates's newest novel. It follows the mental breakdown of a female university president. Gothic or problematic?
July 29, 2012 - 9:05pm
The Canadian government had cut funding to Library and Archives Canada. So I quote Derrida. 
July 24, 2012 - 8:50pm
I'm still recovering from my trip, so here are some shorter thoughts on current happenings. 
July 22, 2012 - 8:59pm
It's been a long eight weeks. But I'm back, and I have a few thoughts to ease myself back into blogging.
July 18, 2012 - 8:50pm
Life is a series of choices. But the choices we make are dictated by factors that are largely outside of our control; our choices are dictated by others’ choices and other circumstances that surround us. In both the debates about exploitation in academia and even within the feminist movement, the common refrain used to refute any complaints is that, “you have a choice” or “you made the choice, now live with it.”
July 15, 2012 - 6:11pm
Sometimes things change really quickly, forcing you to re-evaluate everything.
July 10, 2012 - 7:42pm
Back in the day, music was expensive and books were cheap. A cassette (ahem) ran almost $15 and then a CD was at least $20. My books were (usually) paperbacks for less than $10. The library was also well-stocked with books that I wanted, while the music selection was less impressive. So my music collection largely consisted of mixed tapes I recorded off the radio and copies of the tapes of my friends. If there was a particularly expensive hardcover book I wanted, I would either get it from the library and buy it later in paperback or ask for it as a gift. We owned a lot of books in my house growing up (a lot of vinyl records, too), so it’s of little surprise that you would find me at swim meets plugged into my walkman, reading.
July 8, 2012 - 5:11pm
This morning (Tuesday), I tweeted The New Yorker article that is making the rounds about how American kids are spoiled. Compared to kids raised in tribes in the Amazon, our kids are positively useless (and we as parents are positively failing them). We tie their shoes for them and don’t let them cut the grass with machetes.
July 4, 2012 - 5:23pm
A little over a year and a half ago, I wrote a post describing how I was finally going to get rid of my collection of Canadian Literature (and corresponding critical materials). In it, I lamented how I would never use or read the books ever again (or even for the first time). It was time, I declared, to let go of the past, who I was professionally, and embrace who I was becoming. How things have changed in a short 18 months.
July 2, 2012 - 8:15pm
A guest post with some good news; there is hope. 


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