To Love And To Be Loved: Married to Netflix; Sorry Not Sorry

When I was nine years old, I had my first baby crush on Kyle Sanders (now I just stalk his livejournal every eight months to a year). But I also thought Tyler Bland was an awfully fine hunnie (a good choice – he’s getting his doctorate now). I would imagine my future on the swing … More To Love And To Be Loved: Married to Netflix; Sorry Not Sorry

Life is Sacred, Yet Nothing is Sacred: New School Transgressive Writing on the Native American Frontier

When I was a little kid, I wrote my first poem. It was the summer after first grade, and my family was living in a little travel trailer while our house was being built. I went out behind the trailer. Our cat, Kitty S. Cat, had just had a litter of kitties. My favorite was … More Life is Sacred, Yet Nothing is Sacred: New School Transgressive Writing on the Native American Frontier

Facebook and Self-Projection: the Myth of Pseudo-Honesty, the Image We Wish to Present, and Timehop, the App that Alarms Us All

When I put together an outfit in the morning, there’s a definite image I’m trying to project – especially if it’s a day that I teach. I try to look like the clothes I put on my body are there by some intention, however vague, and I attempt to match them, somewhat. True, my wardrobe … More Facebook and Self-Projection: the Myth of Pseudo-Honesty, the Image We Wish to Present, and Timehop, the App that Alarms Us All

Why This English Major Loves the Seahawks: the Stakes, the Characters, the Plot, and the Victory

So, I have to come right out and say it: I was an English major in college, and I’m in graduate school now for an English-related degree. I love stories, plot arcs, characters and their development. I love Hemingway’s terse sentences and e.e. cummings’s nonsensical-sensical verbosity. Lewis Caroll’s word-puzzles and riddles will always be more … More Why This English Major Loves the Seahawks: the Stakes, the Characters, the Plot, and the Victory

“Come What May, Do You Ever Long For…?” Buddy Holly, the Phantom of the Opera, and the Semantics of Longing

There may not be a perfect love song out there. Ne-Yo said it well in his 2005 hit, “So Sick of Love Songs,” in which, perhaps ironically, he writes a love song to indicate how tiresome they are (Yes, Ne-Yo. Yes they are). Tunes like, “All You Need is Love,” or “Alone” come pretty close, … More “Come What May, Do You Ever Long For…?” Buddy Holly, the Phantom of the Opera, and the Semantics of Longing

Looking a Gift Horse In the Mouth: Nail Polish, Rape Culture, and the Facebook Battle I Accidentally Got Into

A good friend of mine recently posted about that anti-rape nail polish everyone is going on about, saying that feminists who feel it’s anti-woman are in the minority and being a bit ridiculous. To catch you up, if you haven’t heard, there’s nail polish on the market now, recently invented by several men who wanted … More Looking a Gift Horse In the Mouth: Nail Polish, Rape Culture, and the Facebook Battle I Accidentally Got Into

Attempting Poetry: Robin Williams, Conor Oberst, and Sliced Meat

When I was younger (I’ve just gotten to that number – a quarter century – where I’ve begun fake-lying about my age) than I am now (twenty-three, twenty-four…) I thought that everything in my life needed to be somehow poetic – and my friends and I were constantly conscious of moments that seemed or felt … More Attempting Poetry: Robin Williams, Conor Oberst, and Sliced Meat