Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

Best of 2016

Is 2016 fucking over yet? I said recently that my pre-election social mediaverse looked like that sweet first date video camera footage that they accidentally recorded an alien apocalypse over … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Best of 2015

I’m a bit late with this list, but here it is. Japanese Movies (I saw 78 movies last year, a number I’d like to push to at least 100 this … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Book Tribes

Wandering through the English language section of a Japanese bookstore a few years ago, I came across an English category marker labeled “chick lit.” I think it included half a … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Nearer Dystopias: “Maddaddam,” “On Such a Full Sea,” and the Terror of the Familiar

(Warning: mild spoilers ahead, but nothing that would, in my opinion, lessen the enjoyment of any of the books under discussion.) If there’s one thing we can take away from … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

Equally Disinterested Minds: On Academic Writing

“People seemed to like (my) essay, but they were also uneasy about it. ‘I don’t think you’ll be able to publish this in an academic journal,’ someone said. He thought … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Suffering Other: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being moves back and forth between a remote island in British Columbia and the urban blight of Tokyo, telling a story so heartbreaking … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Best of 2013

Yeah, I’m way late with my “best of” list, but I’m usually reading these well into February. Incidentally, I think my favorite “best and worst of” list so far is … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · Leave a comment