Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

Category Archives: (post) Grad life

Do the Right Thing

There are so many things to say about the Weinstein affair–about how we shouldn’t shame accusers for not coming forward sooner, about how this kind of behavior is not unique … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Music Memories to Chill Your Bones

A little trip down Music Memory lane… Growing up in Austin in the 1980s, I participated, with tons of other children, in the Music Memory program. In a typical year … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Deal with the Devil: Exploring the World of Japanese “Dating Simulation” Games

After a steamy courtship that included multiple rescues from stalky demons and a bit of frolicking and sandcastle-building on a beach, I’m happy to announce that I’m engaged. Granted, I … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Tuxes and Tea: An Afternoon at Swallowtail Butler Cafe

  The butler cafe was supposed to be a “research” trip, or just one of those at-least-I-can-say-I-did-it experiences. But I ended up kind of loving it. Butler cafes are one … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

One Down: Thoughts on the End of the First Semester

1. Fuck nice shoes. Seriously, fuck them. I made a point of getting nice black work-appropriate shoes with slightly pointy toes and low, thick heels (no way am I ever … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

Door Closes, Door Opens

The short of it is that I’m back in academia, as those who know me already know. As I’ve chronicled here on this blog, I entered a PhD program in … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Watching Godzilla in Tokyo

  “Godzilla doesn’t run. He LUMBERS.” So said NPR’s Glenn Weldon, outlining one of many reasons that hardcore Godzilla fans were disgusted with Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version of the monster—it … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Dispatches from Cultural Typhoon

Been away from the academic conference circuit for a bit, so it was nice to go back and hear conversations that included words like “alterity” and “intersemiotic.” Did that thing … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

“Have you lost weight?”

Back in February, I got sick. Not horribly, deathly ill. Not even so sick that I had to miss work (though there were a few days that I wanted to.) … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · 3 Comments