Delighted to have a short essay featured at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. This essay, part of the journal’s excellent pedagogy section, is titled, “My Favorite Essay to Teach: Sui Sin Far’s ‘Leaves From the Mental Portfolio of a Eurasian.'” You can read the full text here.
I wrote about the relationship between being unsafe and feeling unwell in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. Cameos by Chalotte Perkins Gilman, Richard Wright, and Simon J. Ortiz. Read the essay at the Ploughshares blog.
Inspired and terrified by the legacy of Paris’s 1931 Colonial Exposition, I wrote a blog post on the real and literary capacities of the aquarium. My visit to the Palias Porte Dorée and the work of Haruki Murakami, Dunya Mikhail, Julio Cortázar, and Robert Lowell. Read it here.
I had the pleasure of presenting a paper on Olive Oatman at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Joined by powerhouses, Erin Gray (UCSC) and Carina del valle Schorske (Columbia), the paper was part of a panel entitled, “Women in Circulation: Body, Image, and Text in Transit” which explored the relationship of race and photography to the public lives of women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many thanks to our pro respondent, Carlo Rotella (Boston College)!
I wrote a short essay on the forgotten story of Olive Oatman, binge watching bad TV, and seeing ghosts. You can read it here.
This essay on window gazing (when distractions become obsessions) appeared recently on the Ploughshares blog. Cameos by poets Alicia Ostriker and Carl Sandburg, photographer W. Eugene Smith, and theorist, Michel de Certeau.
I wrote about Sylvia Plath’s visit to Connemara, writers on the road, and the ephemeral bloom of travel for my debut contribution to Ploughshares blog. Read it here.