Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

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

The weight of words

I begin to doubt the power of words. This frightens me. My whole life is built on words–reading them, writing them, interpreting them, gushing over a select few of them. … Continue reading

August 6, 2012 · 2 Comments


I’m kind of stuck right now. I have a lot of ideas for posts in my head, some that I’ve actually written lengthy drafts of. But I find it a … Continue reading

July 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Chimpanzee and the Rhino

I’ve been telling this story a lot lately, and I’m not really sure why. Maybe getting to the end of my grad career inspires a lot of reflection. Or maybe … Continue reading

May 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

Cheryl B.

I never met Cheryl B., but I really wish I had. I first read about her on Sinclair Sexsmith’s blog (the two of them created Sideshow: The Queer Literary Carnival … Continue reading

June 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Size of Memory

My paternal grandmother died at around 3 in the morning on Sunday, August 8.  She was ninety-two and had been mostly immobile and non-verbal for months.  There was sadness in … Continue reading

August 10, 2010 · 2 Comments