What do professors look like, and do they visit outer space? (Week in Review)

Inspired by #ILookLikeAnEngineer, whereby debate over whether a cute and young bespectacled woman could ever connote “engineer” in our collective patriarchal imagination ensued, #ILookLikeAProfessor was born. A professor with tattoos? With brown skin? Really? Perhaps not as striking or as cutting edge in the humanities, where race and sexuality are important critical players, the hashtag … More What do professors look like, and do they visit outer space? (Week in Review)

On ruins, great and small (Week in Review)

How do we communicate loss? What remains after catastrophe, whether the broad reach of the natural disaster or the deep one of a broken relationship? This week I’ve reflected on two somewhat related experiences: a couple of visits to the Museum of Broken Relationships and the online responses to Cascadia’s predicted “Big One.” The New … More On ruins, great and small (Week in Review)

In universes of their own: Sontag, Denis, Smith, Hopkinson (Week in Review)

Because of the timeliness of Susan Sontag’s cultural analyses, her divisive political capers, and her also high-profile female and male lovers (Annie Leibovitz, Lucinda Childs, Joseph Brodsky, etc), many focus on the private life of this public persona at the expense of her works. The new documentary Regarding Susan Sontag is no exception. In contrast, Steve Wasserman’s essay for the Los … More In universes of their own: Sontag, Denis, Smith, Hopkinson (Week in Review)

How to think about facts: immersion and speculation (Week in Review)

Tom Streithorst’s comparison of the techno-salvation imagined in Star Wars versus the post-eco disaster anarchy imagined in Mad Max shows how both reflect potential outcomes of current trends. He hopes for the first but predicts a third outcome, one exemplified by Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake: techno dystopia ruled by corporate elite. Read about it here. —  Do … More How to think about facts: immersion and speculation (Week in Review)