Writing Roundup: Nov 2015-Jan 2016

I’m changing up the format of the writing roundup from those in the past. Used to be, in a writing roundup, I revisited all of the pieces I published during the past month or two, pulling out highlights from each one. Here’s the change: Now, I’m only...

Negative Capability

As I walked to my local coffeeshop this morning, I saw a daytime moon and snapped this photo with my phone. The sun was, at the same time, very bright—you can see the blueness of the sky, a crisp blue that we only get in the North Carolina after the summer’s...

Sour Grapes, or Waking Up?

Recently, a friend I respect told me that she was concerned that my writing on academia came across as though I had “sour grapes.” She was mostly talking about the writing on this blog, although now that this blog is a series on The Chronicle of Higher...

The Uglier Side of Academia

“The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.” -James Baldwin This quote came across my Twitter feed today. (It was a RT by someone I follow of a tweet by someone I don’t know, so I’m...

Freelance Academic Manifesto

So, what does it mean to be a freelance academic? From my first post on this topic: To be a Freelance Academic is to recognize this bifurcation that we contingent professors face, and then to try to mend it. So, on the note of “mending,” here are some...

On New Leaves and Networking

It’s been over a month since I posted last, but I refuse to fall into that overdone genre, the blog apologia. Instead I will give a brief update on the first month of living and working as a freelance academic. By way of overview, I can tell you that this first...

What Does It Mean to Be a Freelance Academic?

Those who’ve actually been reading this blog for a while (not that there’s been much to read until recently) might have noticed dramatic changes in the last couple of weeks: I changed the website design from one that was basically an online CV for an...