Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

The Post-Mass Shooting Checklist

Phase 1 1. Messages about shock and heartbreak, confusion about who did it and why. 2. Overall sense of familiar dread and helplessness, messages of disbelief from people who live … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Four Mini-Reviews

A few more films that I didn’t have time to write full reviews of: Paprika (2006) This film by the late, great animator Satoshi Kon (who also made Tokyo Godfathers … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Guest Post: Dispatches from Tanzania

So I’m long overdue for a post, and there’s plenty to write about (new job, new career stuff in general), but it’s taking a while to sort it all out … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sao Paulo Journal

12/28 I’m flying to Sao Paulo from Tokyo via Abu Dhabi, which sounds insane, and it is–it’s a chunk further than flying via the U.S., but significantly cheaper. The entire … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Questionable Theater: Swift!

(image courtesy of When I walked into the theater and saw that it was at least 80% small children, my heart sank. This was going to be rough, I … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beijing Journal

A few musings on my first trip to China. 9/20, 11 a.m.  The Skyliner English announcer says “Please enjoy the view from the cockpit.” I love how the Skyliner thinks … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

What kind of data do we want?

The Chronicle’s new project got me thinking (and I put some of those thoughts in an email to the PhD Placement Project) about what grad students, prospective grad students, and … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

The PhD Placement Project

If you’ve spent any time reading “don’t go to grad school” essays, you’ve probably noticed one thing that comes up again and again: a lack of placement data. Prospective grad … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Just Don’t Go: Article Round-Up

Not surprisingly, Rebecca Schuman’s “PhDon’t” Slate piece has generated plenty of impassioned agreement and disagreement in the blogosphere and beyond. Some of the responses made me nod my head even … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

The things I didn’t know

I wrote a lot about rape when I was a teenager. I didn’t write stories about rape. But most of the stories I wrote—and I wrote a lot of them … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · Leave a comment