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Category Archives: blogging
June 22, 2011, 5:52 pm
Yesterday around cocktail hour the sun was slipping over the virtual mountains when we at Tenured Radical heard the sound of galloping pony hooves. Sitting on our front porch, surrounded by boxes and half-full L.L. Bean sail bags, we squinted into the glare and saw that it was Historiann. “Hellzapoppin!” she yelled, in that instantly recognizable voice that is a cross between Dale Evans and Mary Maples Dunn. She swung handily over the pommel, skirt barely in place as usual, and dropped her reins (we were impressed to see that cow pony come to an immediate halt, like they do in the movies.) “I’m getting crazy numbers of pings from your blog!” she said, as we put a bourbon and branch in her hand. “When in ‘tarnation were you going to tell me that you were moving?”
Oops. There is so much going on at chez Radical we had neglected to announce that we are migrating from…
February 5, 2011, 3:00 pm
|Lenin subscribes to Pravda: so why don’t you?|
It’s not that I actually have any time to read, since I am also writing, teaching, and most days, trying to figure out how to release one of our cars from snow and ice. But:
Just in case you thought there was nothing new to say about Mad Men, here comes Daniel Mendelsohn in the most recent New York Review of Books. In “The Mad Men Account” a seemingly needless review of the series occasioned by the upcoming release of Season 4 on DVD, Mendelsohn comes up with one key insight that is worth the price of admission. Like Historiann, Mendelsohn is not a fan, but admits that he is drawn to the series anyway for “deeper, almost irrational reasons[.]“ He sees it as all style and no substance, and he isn’t a fan of the style. But, as he points out, vast numbers of people love to Mad Men themselves: look at the number of people using Mad Men…
July 29, 2010, 12:44 pm
Our friend at Historiann meditates today on the practice of women’s history and why feminism matters. “Women’s history,” she writes, “is a large and rich enough field that there are histories of women that aren’t particularly feminist, just as the history of women has expanded far beyond the history of just feminist women to include the histories of women who lived before the invention of feminism as a political movement as well as women who weren’t feminists or even worked actively against feminism.” But, she asks: “What would happen if we just stopped writing it? Who in the larger historical profession would notice, or care, or complain?” The answer is not women would care, but feminists would care. “Feminists are the ones who would care if women’s history ceased production. Whether or not they’re women’s historians, feminist historians would notice.”
July 5, 2010, 2:08 pm
Publishing as we know it may soon take another hit if the United States Postal Service gets its way. According to the New York Times this morning, Postmaster General John E. Potter (not a relative of mine as far as I know) wants to raise the rates it charges to deliver periodicals in 2011. Currently, the USPS loses $7 billion a year, and Potter notes that periodical rates do not actually cover the cost of delivery. As those of us who are subscribers to progressive magazines and journals know, periodicals that favor content over advertising will be particularly hard hit by a postage increase, and will have to raise their subscription rates — thus risking cancellations.
June 30, 2010, 9:46 pm
We at Tenured Radical want to welcome two pseudonymous blogs to the blog roll on the left.
March 7, 2010, 6:07 pm
This week’s roundup is posted from the London, where your favorite Radical has done six bookshops in 24 hours. The last two were in the company of fellow blogger and Cliopatrician Rachel Leow, of A Historian’s Craft, who also led me on a terrific quickie tour of Cambridge University. We stood on a bridge and watched punters on the Cam, and she gave me the inside dope on the punt racket, which has taken a vicious turn lately. On her advice, as we traipsed through the ancient enclosures, I did not step on the grass. This practice is forbidden to all but fellows of the colleges (I have a friend who was reprimanded for walking on the grass the day prior to taking up his fellowship.) You get a real feel for England’s highly advanced visual practices for staking out hierarchy as you walk the long way around these inviting emerald squares of weedless turf. I imagined, for example, a…
September 17, 2009, 9:32 pm
In case you didn’t get the email, the Women’s Review of Books has a new blog: click here to go to it and bookmark. They went live on August 11, but the first real post (written by bioethicist Frances Kissling of the University of Pennsylvania) went up early this week.
Give them some traffic and check it out. And while you are at it, subscribe to the Review. Edited by the intrepid Amy Hoffman, the WRB began publishing in 1983, the year I began graduate school. Those of us who relied on it for reviews of books on women by our favorite feminists were sad to see it go belly up — err, suspend publication — in 2004. Hoffman promised all of us that she would try to bring it back, and solicited anyone who had ever written a review for a donation. Since Amy often gave reviews to emerging, as well as prominent feminists, there were rather a lot of us. The WRB even paid a small but…
June 3, 2009, 9:18 pm
The 400 Posts: Tenured Radical Speaks; or, What the Historian Learned When Ze Went to the Blogosphere
And what do I ever do but frikkin’ speak, you might ask? Well, in honor of the 400th post on Tenured Radical I thought I would post a talk I gave as part of a panel on blogging the fall meeting of the Little Berks, October 5, 2008. I had the honor to have two distinguished co-panelists, Clio Bluestocking and Heather Prescott of Knitting Clio.
Almost two years ago, I started writing a blog called Tenured Radical. This means that today I am fast approaching what is known among my kind as my second blogiversary. In that first post, on October 17, 2006, I assumed that every academic would understand the title of the blog as an ironic gesture. Nonetheless, I explained to an as yet unknown audience that “long ago, when the new right decided to undermine the intellectual foundations of the nation, one of the big charges made by radical neocons was that universities were full of…
June 1, 2009, 9:28 pm
There has been an addition to the Radical blogroll: Bully Bloggers, a group blog anchored by some NYU people I know based in this department. Some of the people you will meet there also write for those old-fangled paper things that you get in the mail by subscription. They announced via Facebook a couple days ago.
Currently Bully Bloggers is hosting a forum responding to Mark C. Taylor’s New York Times op-ed piece from last month, “End The University As We Know It,” with which Taylor managed to piss off more different kinds of people than I have gray hairs. So far there are responses from J. Jack Halberstam, Eng-Beng Lim, Miranda Joseph, and Brian Eugenio Herrera. The Bully Bloggers promise other kinds of fun too. Academics all, they describe themselves as “a queer word art group. We write about everything queer, so, pretty much everything. Politics, culture, etiquette, vampires…