Alt-Marketing?

Language is a slippery thing. Case in point: the shifting use of the word "alternative." There was a time when the adjective signaled thoughtful, if sometimes impatient, opposition. "Alternative press," "alternative lifestyle," "alternative rock," "alt-academy," even "alternative universe." Each, in its way, spoke to power, expressing a desire for a more comprehensive worldview: reporting that took into … Continue reading Alt-Marketing?

A Five-Corner Garden

Living at the intersection of five well-traveled streets in a neighborhood just inside the Beltway has been more peaceful than I'd imagined it could be. The bus stop a half a block from my house is really only busy during rush hour. Once commuters understood my covered porch would no longer serve as a shelter during rainy weather (it really … Continue reading A Five-Corner Garden

What I did on my summer vacation

One New Englander's appreciation of the rugged coast of Maine. A photo essay. Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, Hollingsworth Trail, Steuben, ME. An easy loop that leads down to Petit Manan Point and Chair Pond Head through birch, fern, sweat pea, and blueberry bushes. A lovely "undiscovered" trail a few miles east of Acadia National Park. Schoodic Point, Winter … Continue reading What I did on my summer vacation

Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 2

In her Atlantic article earlier this year, "What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway?," Elizabeth Segran ends by quoting Victoria Blodgett, who is the director of graduate career services at Yale University: We should be in the business of putting Ph.D.s in government, non-profits, the media and lots of industries where we will be better off … Continue reading Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 2

Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 1

Time was conversations about what to do with a PhD in a bad job market ended in expressions of shame, heartbreak, guilt, or rage. But lately, that conversation has been (happily) interrupted by bright pockets of snarky analysis, activism, and community building by and for those seeking careers (and a life) outside the academy. A recent advice column … Continue reading Mainstreaming the PhD, Part 1