A New Hat

Actually a couple of them: first I want to announce the new Digital Humanities Initiative at the College of Saint Rose, for which I got approval from the Dean this week and hastily mocked up a website (social media sites to come). In contrast to the dominant narrative of the arts & humanities as ‘luxuries’…

What Then Is To Be Done?

Yes, echoing Tolstoy’s 1886 essay here because as editor Aylmer Maude writes in 1935: During the half-century that has passed since the book was written many political questions that then seemed highly important have passed into the dull recesses of history; but Tolstoy’s impressive warning that the pursuit and worship of money does not bring…

The Fine Art of Frittering

I chuckle whenever people make solemn pronouncements on social media that they’re taking “a break” or “detoxing” or “going cold turkey” from — your guessed it — social media. There’s a very Puritan air to these declarations that rubs my natural idleness the wrong way. It’s always in the name of “getting more done” or…

Hanging with Yoko

Okay, I exaggerate slightly! But there were enough Yoko masks around to make it feel as if she had appeared at the Arts Center of the Capital Region for the Text as Art opening reception, thanks to the lovely folks of Air Talk, who were presenting a Yoko instruction piece. Not just any instruction piece…

Upcoming Appearances

I knew this semester was going to be busy, but it’s got even more so as time has gone along! Here are the places I’ll be appearing and the things I’ll be doing for new releases in the coming weeks. Sorry for the cut and paste — in a rush! Running from now until May….