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?
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
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
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
Writing is about risk. Whether the shape of that writing is a blog or a book, or a speech or an ad, it requires taking a deep breath and making a commitment. Risk, of course, can be exhilarating. But it can also trigger the kind of self-protective panic that fuels writer’s block. So when my … Continue reading The Amazing Blog Tour
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
This past week I spent some time helping my friend set up a blog intended to promote her new book coming out in May. We spent a lot of time fiddling with WordPress and talking about writing, why we do it, what we want out of it, how we are building our writing communities, and … Continue reading Content Friendly SEO. Finally.