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...