Following up from my last post, the American Association of Geographers has now cancelled its annual meeting in Denver, scheduled for April 6-10. This was the right call, and over 60 percent of respondents to the AAG's one-question survey a few days ago survey said they were cancelling or discouraged from attending. Now across the … Continue reading Coronavirus 2
I received word a couple days ago that the American Association of Geographers (AAG) is proceeding with its annual meeting in Denver in April, unlike many groups and companies that have spent the last week cancelling events because of the threat of coronavirus. The American Physical Union (APU) was set to host its annual conference … Continue reading Coronavirus
In the week before the 2016 US general election, I took to Facebook with a series of posts that were meant to capture "America in Six Days," or at least, one idiosyncratic vision of America (mine) as witnessed through six cultural artifacts, plus a seventh bonus day in the immediate wake of the election. I … Continue reading Three years and six days
Over the last couple of weeks, I have done a deep dive on Twitter, or at least, certain segments of it. This is in part because I have been more closely following news of the upcoming US Democratic Party primary elections, and because I am, apparently, both someone with time to kill and a glutton … Continue reading Three takes on liberal hate for Bernie Sanders
I have been many kinds of tourist. I dutifully read David Foster Wallace's "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" before embarking on my own week-long Caribbean cruise, though my cynicism at the mass marketed tourist experience could, in the end, not match Wallace's. I have been the thrill seeker who pays a pretty … Continue reading Triana
There is a lot of noise about impeachment in the news and the among the commentariat and pundit class, and suddenly everyone in the US is scrambling to recall what they learned in 7th grade civics class about the branches of government. I have mostly followed this, though I have found it far too easy … Continue reading Why impeachment now?
I've spent a lot of time in my senior seminar course in the early part of this semester talking about writing, and specifically about the limits and foibles of academic social science writing. I encouraged the students to read widely and write write write, including reading and writing things that challenge their normal interests and … Continue reading Loretto (a poem)