The Extratextuals

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Teaching Loads

heavy loadA random discussion on Facebook inspired me to write a post on teaching loads. There’s this moment in one’s grad career when one learns what a “two-two,” a “three-three,” or a “four-three,” for instance, means, and these seem to become magical incantations thereafter. ... read more »

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Fall Pilots 2014, Second Report Card

Continuing with my reviews of the class of 2014 …

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Banning Grad Student Publications: Dumb and Dangerous

Yesterday I read an open letter to journal editors at The Chronicle of Higher Education that proposes that they all ban publication by graduate students. The idea is that this would put an end to the crazy fervor facing ABDs on the market who feel the need to have published a lot already. I really, really don’t like the proposal, not just because of the (lack of) merits of the idea itself but because of what it suggests and implies about grad school, publishing, and publications. So I’m responding. ... read more »

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Fall Pilots, 2014: Midterm Report

new-tv-oAkh. Again it’s been a long time since I blogged. But such is life. Onward: ... read more »

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Wrestling with an Angel: RIP Stuart Hall

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The Inner World of Doc McStuffins

doc-mcstuffins1“It’s just a kids show. Why do you have to read so much into it?”

With that preemptive objection behind us, and with the answer “because I’m having fun,” let’s talk about Doc McStuffins’ mental wellbeing. ... read more »

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Academic Publishing: Something’s Gotta Change

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Imagine I told you that the biggest name academic in a particular field had just published a new book. How much would you expect to pay to buy it? ... read more »

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Fall Pilot Score Card — Week Three

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Yikes, I’m getting behind. So much so that We Are Men was cancelled before my review. Ooops. Sorry. So here we go (Ironside to come later).

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Betrayal ... read more »

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The Amazing Race: Global Othering

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Fall Pilot Score Card — Week Two

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Week 2 had a LOT of shows, so after noting that my reviews for Hostages, The Blacklist, Lucky 7, and The Goldbergs are elsewhere (follow the links), let’s get down to it: ... read more »