Maria Bamford Is My Muse Out of This Black Hole

There's no easy way to get into this post. It's been two years since I've blogged on a consistent basis. Sure, I published a couple of things here and there (...a video of me not-really-telling the story about the time I was raped; a vaguely self-helpish essay about metaphorical seeds we could be planting during times of comfort to aid … Continue reading Maria Bamford Is My Muse Out of This Black Hole

The Isolated Individual, and one way to resist being her.

A strange and unsettling image haunted me all throughout last semester. It was that of the isolated individual. It took a while for me to realize that many of  the frustrations I felt during conversations in my ethics seminars, discussions with my own class, and even while processing some of the reactions to the Penn … Continue reading The Isolated Individual, and one way to resist being her.

Multiple Models of Marketability: My Encouraging Realization from the Eastern APA

I just returned from what a friend and faculty member referred to as "the death-march known as the Eastern APA." Very much like last year, and quite unlike what most people report about their experiences there, I had a really great time. I'm not kidding, exaggerating, or indulging in some weird kind of masochism--I really … Continue reading Multiple Models of Marketability: My Encouraging Realization from the Eastern APA

Faith in and Frustration with Philosophy

**This week I've been following the conversation on a feminist philosophy listserv about an article that appeared this week in The Chronicle. With each message that gets posted I've wanted to add something from my prospective as a grad student who passionately teaches philosophy to non-majors, but as I started to write, my response got … Continue reading Faith in and Frustration with Philosophy