Whitman’s Thrush

Walt Whitman at 202 By Adam Katz I guess most school-age kids read “O Captain, my Captain” at some point. Looking back at it now, it’s a poem you have to read quickly, I think. The line “O heart! heart! heart! / O the bleeding drops of red” does not really admit slowing down andContinue reading “Whitman’s Thrush”

May Wrap Up: The month of May was come

By Erika Grumet when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit. -Thomas Malory Lusty for clicks and comments for sure… When I sat down to write this, I had a cat at my feet, a cat at my head, and one under my right elbow, who was also insisting on sharingContinue reading “May Wrap Up: The month of May was come”

Your Reading Homework

First, we’d like to thank you for the site-traffic. Our most recent post, Nikole Hannah-Jones gets a Seat at the Table. Maybe. For now., has had over 200 unique views since it went up last night. That’s unprecedented for us. Tomorrow, we are carrying on with the release of Part II of our Writing RoundtableContinue reading “Your Reading Homework”

Nikole Hannah-Jones gets a Seat at the Table. Maybe. For Now.

By Adam Katz When did we become a news site? We didn’t, but there will occasionally (read: no more than once every 10 minutes) be an item in the news that bothers us so much we have to talk about it (or boost the signal of people who are already talking about it). This willContinue reading “Nikole Hannah-Jones gets a Seat at the Table. Maybe. For Now.”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and today specifically is Mental Health Awareness Day. The Ivory Tower Boiler Room has brought you two episodes about the importance of mental health (Part 1 and Part 2) and we are committed to continuing the discussion around mental health.  Caring for your mental health is no less importantContinue reading “May is Mental Health Awareness Month”

Author Kyle Lukoff Spoke about being Censored

By Adam Katz I met Kyle in college, before he was a recognized author. It’s been weird watching this controversy roil around him. I may say more at a different time. But for now: Kyle just gave the following speech about his books being banned from schools in Utah, Texas, and presumably elsewhere. The speechContinue reading “Author Kyle Lukoff Spoke about being Censored”

We Stand with Fran’s House

Recently, 20 members of a disbanded franternity at Bucknell university attacked and harassed the residents of Fran’s House, Bucknell’s LGBTQ+ house, while campus safety officials did nothing or next to nothing to help. These students were minding their own business in their own home, which the university had provided for them after the building’s previousContinue reading “We Stand with Fran’s House”

Sunday is for Swearing

By Adam Katz So. Erika and I were talking about the difference between a fanny-pack and a bum-bag. I didn’t know until a few days ago that, what in the United States, call a ‘fanny pack,’ in Britain is called a “bum bag,” apparently because in England (and elsewhere) “fanny” is a euphemism for “vagina.”Continue reading “Sunday is for Swearing”

Adam’s Big Think #1:

Writing about Ourselves as Writers By Adam Katz So. The reason why I don’t feel comfortable any longer within the constraints of academia is what I’m doing right now. Starting out an essay (from the French essayer—to attempt) without a clear goal except to communicate what is on my mind in a given moment. ThisContinue reading “Adam’s Big Think #1:”

Meet Adam

By Adam Katz For me, this blog is part of a larger shift in focus from academic writing to personal writing. For a year after grad school, I was trying to force myself to read academic articles, and, ultimately, to write one of my own. And now I’m reading science fiction books instead, and writingContinue reading “Meet Adam”

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