Following the neoliberal impulse to quantify everything in order to make a metric of productivity out of my life, and also following in the footsteps of Mark Bould, Dan Hassler-Forest, Drew Morton, and other friends who quantify their reading/viewing habits, and further following those academic-twitter and writer-twitter folks who post year's-end lists of publications—for these … Continue reading Things I Read, Wrote, Did in 2018
In 2017, I read 125 books. This list was inspired by Mark Bould, who wrote his own about his reading practices in 2016 (published in January 2017). I combed through all that I read to create three lists of “bests”: recent fiction (past two years), older fiction, and comics. “Best” is subjective and my reasoning … Continue reading Annual Reading List 2017
This timeline includes mainstream comic books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters. The timeline begins after the creation of the 1954 Comics Code Authority and continues half a century to 2004. The timeline takes the form of a bibliography. The timeline was compiled over the course of my master’s thesis research in consultation with … Continue reading A Timeline of LGBT Visibility in Mainstream Comics
Note: This is to be published, eventually, in a Sequart collection of essays on 1970s horror comics “Gone! Gone! -- the form of man -- ! Rise, the demon Etrigan!!” — Jack Kirby, The Demon Vol. 1 #1 (Aug 1972, 24.5) Jack Kirby’s The Demon – a 16-issue comic book series published by DC, cover-dated … Continue reading Gone the Form of Man: The Gothic Tradition and the Abhuman in Jack Kirby’s The Demon (1972-1974)
November 3, 2015 Context This paper, presented at The Ohio State University English Graduate Organization's second annual conference on October 31, 2015, is an edited-down version of a paper written for a graduate seminar on science fiction and literary theory, and is also a slightly different version of the paper I actually gave, which was … Continue reading Sexual Violence in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed: Toward an Interpretation
November 2, 2015 This paper was originally written for an Intro to Graduate Studies course, the assignment being to write a short critical "conversation" paper about a single article and one or two other articles that it cites. As a later paragraph makes clear, the title of my paper is not a joke; it is … Continue reading Trans-, Trans*, Trans, Transgender, Transsexual, Android, or Starfish?
Notes on the What and Why Applying to graduate school is one of the toughest decisions you will make; but you don't need me to remind you that, because if you're here for advice then you've already heard that line from every "how to" guide. It's an important point, but its proliferation in discussions of … Continue reading PhD Applications and the Dreaded Statement of Purpose (+ examples)
This year I've been working as the Graduate Assistant to the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Boston. One of my primary tasks has been overseeing the acquisition of the Center's new Allan D. MacDougall Popular Culture Archive, donated by the widow of a man who collected thousands of CDs, records, comic … Continue reading “Falling in Love” in the Archive