I saw the ultimate chapter of the original Star Wars last night. Viscerally, it brought back the sights, sounds, smells, and topoi--sites for conversation and debate in "rhetoric speak"--of my preteen world. It was a world in which we kids would ride our bikes in the neighborhood, fending off swarms of gnats at dusk. My… Continue reading Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker: Why the Backlash?
Check out the Journal of Academic Freedom. Amazing resource for anyone interested in freedom in publication and teaching. https://www.aaup.org/sites/default/files/kleinman.pdf
The Notorious RBG and Social Responsibility
I was recently at a talk presented by Katie Gibson, an academic colleague based on her excellent book Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy of Dissent: Feminist Rhetoric and the Law. In this work, Professor Gibson documents the evolution of the Justice's feminist consciousness and legal strategies. RBG's legal rhetoric has invoked many decades of feminist thought.… Continue reading The Notorious RBG and Social Responsibility
Better than I know myself
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It’s been a while . . .
Moving takes a lot out of a person. Hence my hiatus from here. More soon!
Giving Notice She asks, did you feel that, or was it Hugo under the bed? Hugo indeed had flattened himself against the floor under the bed, like he does in elevators. I said, I didn’t feel anything. Most significant tremblor in decades it turns out. Tonight there will be fireworks for atrocity children in cages… Continue reading Notice
Concentration camps again
In the basement before moving
Not a hunting breed, he nosed the carpet bolt behind the boxes. A lifted edge--a flash of fur-- but Hugo was faster. One brutal shake. and the hedgehog pup was still, suddenly, a shapeless tribute at my feet. I grieve the animal's life. I grieve this hard lesson in attachment, this gift, this mortal meditation… Continue reading In the basement before moving
Trans Migrant Murders and the Importance of Intersectionality
Transgender asylum seeker Johana Medina, a refugee from El Salvador, died in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody on 1 June, the first day of Pride month. Medina is the 23rd transgender person to die in ICE custody. The horrific deaths of trans persons detained by Immigration and Customs and Enforcement are murders, and blame… Continue reading Trans Migrant Murders and the Importance of Intersectionality
“Going Postal” in Virginia Beach
Reading about the tragic murders by city worker DeWayne Craddock last week in the Virginia Beach Municipal Center puts me in mind of a piece I published years ago about Joseph Stack, who flew an aircraft into an IRS office in Austin, TX in 2010. I lay it in again below to see what insights… Continue reading “Going Postal” in Virginia Beach