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...

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...

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...