Reading Time: 3 minutes Music is a hard thing to study or even talk about because it can’t stop moving. Aside from film, visual art tends to stand still, giving the viewer some control over the experience. But music moves forward relentlessly, thwarting any attempts to get a firm grip. Say you tell a friend that you went to a Frida Kahlo exhibit […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes I have a lot of thoughts on what happened yesterday, but I’m responding first in my capacity as an educator, to remind us that even when people’s positions are at best misinformed, we don’t stand much of a chance of correcting them when they feel unsafe.
Reading Time: 5 minutes As we near the end of 2020 and the first global pandemic I’ve lived through, I’m low on ideas for maintaining social and creative connections when I have no inner life.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In a rather unexpected turn of events, the university that let me go has asked me back for this academic year. Is it risky? Yes. Am I doing it? Also yes.
Reading Time: 5 minutes I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging, truly I have, but this semester has been rough on me not just in terms of time (over) commitment, but also due to the exhaustion of burn-out.
Reading Time: 6 minutes As we all know, I like to nerd out about trauma. But sometimes, it hits too close to home, and I need help in continuing to do the work that brings me into contact with trauma (in addition to continuing to, like, be a human in contact with other humans).
Reading Time: 4 minutes I recently had the opportunity to explain to someone what I think is a key distinction for when we use the term emotional labor and when we talk more generally about how humans work with emotions in their daily (and sometimes professional) lives. I thought it was worth replicating here.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Some people have claimed that the concept of love is some magical force beyond scientific understanding and that is what makes it special. I respectfully disagree.
Reading Time: 4 minutes When I first learned about the term emotional labor, it was like I’d just been given a key to unlock experiences I’d been having but didn’t have the words to describe. Did I then go on to misuse the term? I initially wrote about gender and emotional labor, defining the latter as “the set of […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Is intimacy inherently better when it doesn’t have a dollar amount attached to it? I don’t necessarily think that has to be the case.