“One learns best about an ocean by swimming in it,” said a neighbor to me when I was about seven or eight and writing a school report about the Atlantic. Of course, I had no idea then about what he meant, after all the library was chock full of books about the oceans. Why couldn’t one just read about (more…)

2,400 words plus into the body of one my dissertation chapters, it dawned on me that I was not in a place where I wanted be. The words were halting, the research I had conducted less giving, and, well, if one could use an honest phrase, when I read my work “bull s*#t” came to mind. Arrrggh.

“Writing is a thinker’s game,” said (more…)

San Antonio bound in April – not that Texas is a favored destination. But that’s where the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) will be holding a conference entitled “Protest Issues and Actions.” I glommed onto a few key words from the call for papers announcement last November: “protest, past, dissent, rhetoric, politics, impact, and media” to come up with a brief title and abstract.  (more…)