Nine Years Later

Nine Years Later

And here I am. I think I dread this day less and less each year. Time heals, I suppose, it is a strange sort of healing. When I stop and think back to nine years ago today, I am swept away by such grief. Perhaps it's just that each year, I've buried that grief more deeply. I don't know. But it seems wrong to not mark the day. It is the day I felt most profoundly how everything changes, everything is fragile, some of us so much more fragile than others. [...]

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My Week in Review

My Week in Review

I spent most of this week working on the keynote that I'm giving September 3 at the University of Warwick. I feel like I'm a bit over my head with it as I'm linking together Alan Turing, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, B. F. Skinner, Ayn Rand, and Bruno Latour. LOL. Not much else to report this week. I turned 43. I read a lot. I did the usual weekly news roundup and newsletters. I'm trying to be "heads-down-writing" for the next few days as there are only 5 more before I'm off on the whirlwind of the fall speaking and traveling circuit. [...]

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My Week in Review

My Week in Review

My god. This week. I've been heartbroken, sick to my stomach, saddened, disappointed, grieving, angry. And as such, I haven't written much. I haven't been able to think straight. I need to get it together, as I have three big talks in the coming weeks, and I'm totally unprepared for all three. Hopefully this week will be better. Watching the reactions to the police curfew in Ferguson last night, I just don't know... [...]

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On Silence

On Silence

I pissed a lot of folks off this week - as usual, I suppose - because I asked why they were silent. I pulled out my copy of Audre Lorde's The Cancer Journals this morning, to read her essay on silence. It's an essay that changed my life. It's an essay that changes my life every time I read it. "Your silence will not protect you." That's the sentence that's pulled from the essay and often quoted. It resonates profoundly with me. But so does the rest of the essay, as it explores death and vulnerability and voice. [...]

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My Week in Review

My Week in Review

Lots of visitors this week: my mom and Ben, and Kin's sister Angela and her friend. It was definitely one of the reasons why we decided to rent a big apartment here in Hermosa: so we could have guests. Bonus: Discovery Channel held its Shark Week "Fin Fest" here this weekend, and we could hear Jimmy Buffett's concert from our apartment. Double Bonus: we could hear the concert from our apartment and didn't have to go out into the shit-show that is Hermosa during events like this. Despite the number of guests, I guess I did get a bit of work done, but I'm starting to panic about how much I have to accomplish in the next 20 days. [...]

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My Week in Review

My Week in Review

I got a lot of writing done this week! Yay me! Of course, I finally get into a rhythm of writing and it's time to shift gears and start thinking about projects I have to accomplish by the end of August (non-book-related ones). Sigh. I've been working through the Teaching Machines' chapter on Skinner this week, which is just frustrating as hell. Not much else to report from the week: a webinar, some Twitter spats, reading, listening, watching movies, etc. [...]

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