Three graduates of UNM English in 2018

It’s the End of the Blog As We Know It…

…and I feel fine. The purpose of this blog was always about getting me writing, and now that I’ve managed to complete the dissertation, defend it, and submit it, it’s time to transition this web space to something new. I’m entering the alt-ac job market. That means taking the shotgun approach with regards to sending […]

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The funny thing is…

…that this blog seems to have worked somehow. I started out writing here so I could get my diss writing done. Well, I’m scheduling my dissertation defense today, so it must have worked, but that means that I’ve been a bit AWOL over here for a while. No one seems to have missed me here, […]

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A sea of high-school graduates

What, exactly, is “Pomp,” anyway?

…and why, specifically, are we looking at circumstance here? I took part in the 2018 Spring Graduation festivities for the English Department and the university as a whole the other day, and after driving for six hours yesterday, I get to watch my eldest nephew graduate from high school today. It’s enough to make one […]

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Crayon means it's credible

Walking the Walk, Mumbling the Talk

There’s no doubt that the world of higher education is radically different from the way it was even ten years ago. Today, my biggest reminder of that reality is the fact that there are a ton of people who “graduate” in the spring ceremony…actually haven’t graduated yet, and this year, I get to be one […]

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Christ Enthroned, from the Book of Kells

Sacred Objects and Places

This week has been crazier than most, but mostly in a good way. It’s always crazy during Spring Lecture Series week, and this year, the 33rd in the annual series, has certainly kept me going. The lectures have been amazing, the lecturers have been generous, and the UNM Institute for Medieval Studies, headed by Dr. […]

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A circuit-board-inspired drawing of a human brain

The Writing Block

I’ve been having a lot of trouble this weekend. I’m so close to finishing a chapter that it’s really embarrassing that I can’t do it. It’s awful. I spend a lot of time, believe it or not, thinking about Alzheimer’s disease. My grandmother suffered through it and I was in the house when her body […]

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Bart Simpson writing the first line of Caedmon's Hymn on the chalkboard repeatedly

Bring Back Memorization

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of march hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the ram his […]

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A shoe steps on a banana peel. Meme caption reads I have trouble articulating my own ideas; I'll just post this meme I found on Facebook.

Thinking in Memes

As far as communication is concerned, I was often considered “old-fashioned” by my students. That’s not to say that I preferred (or even used) non-digital methods or media, or that they perceived that I was some sort of luddite (I had a student once say in class, “Mr. Larsen, you internet too much.”). Rather, it’s […]

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The shield boss and other hardware from the Sutton Hoo shield.

Protecting Your Head with Jesus: a Note on ‘Helm’

It’s always interesting to see what a culture uses in its material metaphors. For instance, while English-speaking couples talk to one another, one of the most common terms we see used is “dear,” which was something I always understood as just a placeholder for “someone I hold dear” when my parents would use it. Well, […]

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What I’ve Learned About Trust from Facebook

I think we’ve all seen the various news posts about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica by now and we all know that there’s a lot of stuff coming down the pipe for both of them. The $50 billion (note the “b”) nosedive that Facebook’s stock took earlier this week is a pretty significant chunk of handwriting […]

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