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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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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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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 Dissertation Fellowship convenes.

The Importance of Fellowship

Absolutely no one is shocked to hear that I’m a complete nerd. I even hang out with nerds. It’s kind of hard not to do that anymore, to be utterly frank, since it has become acceptable to admit that you’re a nerd about something. Of course, I’m not just a nerd about something. I’m a nerd about almost […]

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Frustrations and setbacks

Allan Sherman was one of the most important musical comedians of the 20th century. He’s probably best known for that “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” bit, but he did a lot of work, including a lot of television work, despite the fact that he didn’t believe he had much of a voice at all. The story […]

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What this is all about

This is not the first incarnation of this site, or indeed even of this blog. Long ago, when the Internet was young and free, I started this site and this blog as a part of a course I was taking with Dr. Fred Gibbs at the University of New Mexico. The course, a seminar on […]

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