Warnings and Testimonies

The warnings and news articles issued this week about Hurricane Laura have shifted in tone over this week in a familiar way. What starts as clinical meteorological jargon about trajectories and fronts and currents and wind speeds, when the destructive power finally emerges or when the path veers to the left, evolves into dire warnings,… Continue reading Warnings and Testimonies

I still don’t know what it is about ‘folklore’

“I love her. And true love lasts a lifetime. Joni Mitchell is the woman who taught your cold English wife how to feel,” intones Emma Thompson’s character during the first act of Love Actually before delivering a wordless, heartbreaking scene to the melancholy wisdom of ‘Both Sides Now’ in the third. In the scene, she… Continue reading I still don’t know what it is about ‘folklore’

On Good Rest

I vacillated on whether and when to take time off this summer and, when it became clear I was running out of time to decide, finally swallowed my anxiety and did it. I am always anxious about taking time away from work because I worry about losing time on projects and social capital by not… Continue reading On Good Rest

July 4 and Invisible Onlys and Alsos

Saturday was July 4 and I am unsure how I was supposed to celebrate it without at least ambivalence, if not outright cynicism. Links to Douglass’ ‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’ filled my timeline. Racial inequality, white supremacy, and American hypocrisy are more collectively salient than they have perhaps ever been,… Continue reading July 4 and Invisible Onlys and Alsos