On Not Missing Facebook

When deleted my Facebook account, I felt some trepidation. I was excited to get rid of it, but that’s not the whole story: I also worried about my unplanned course of action, I was concerned that it was too reactionary. I worried about a lot of things, really. And I lost some people too. After filling my address book and Gmail contacts, I saw that there were some people who, for whatever reason, I now do not have the ability to easily contact. What is striking about my feelings about … [Read more...]

June 17, 2012 8:34am

A new door sign for my office at UND. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Noise Trading

I’ll be using NoiseTrade to offer free downloads of my music during the summer. Albums can only be posted one at a time, but all original tracks will also be posted at my Soundcloud account after they are removed from NoiseTrade. Freedom for Love will remain available until the end of next week then I’ll post another album. For the next one, I’ll let you choose which one goes up first. I can either post: 1. A 3-track EP (redundantly titled Appetizers) I recorded with my Twin … [Read more...]

‘Freedom for Love’ at NoiseTrade

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, my debut EP, Freedom for Love, is available for free download and full track listening at NoiseTrade. (See the widget below.) Please share and listen freely, with promiscuity. I will be posting several more of these free albums throughout the summer, including The Upi Dupi La La Sessions. Physical copies can be purchased at CD Baby. … [Read more...]

June 16, 2012 6:01am

My subscription to the Paris Review gained me this lovely — an comfy! — t-shirt. Now I can read more recent interviews, alongside their huge archive online. … [Read more...]

New Review – Heidegger’s Philosophic Pedagogy

Educational Philosophy and Theory has published my review of Michael Ermantraut’s book, Heidegger’s Philosophic Pedagogy. The author also published a thoughtful response. (I cannot post my own copy because of my agreement with the publisher, but I am happy to share a copy via e-mail, just let me know.) I enjoyed the book very much — and recommended it. Our only disagreement comes down to a reoccurring theme in my own work: the philosophical value and validity of biography, … [Read more...]

Moving Update and Design Changes

We arrived in the Twin Cities around 4:30 am, after a very smooth, overnight drive from our former home in Crawfordsville, Indiana. I have a lot to say about the transition away from Wabash College, and I will say it at some point, but right now I am very much living in the present, looking forward to a busy, exciting summer. I’ve been working on the “look” of the website and I also want to allow for it to become more interactive. Let me know what you think of the new look. You … [Read more...]

A Comment About Not Working Hard

Yesterday I came across an article at The Chronicle of Higher Education about academics at small colleges who do not publish. The argument is that they still work hard, and should be valued for their hard work. The larger point is that public opinion about academics being lazy are untrue. I found the whole argument very wrongheaded from top to bottom, and posted the following reply:I try my best to work very little. It helps me to do my work. I waste lots of time mustering up the momentum to … [Read more...]

More on Science and Speaking Dates

After I predicted that I wouldn’t write much this week, I wrote an essay related to my latest post at Contending Modernities at Formative Justice entitled “Does Education Need Science?” I welcome your comments on those posts, especially your questions and (de)constructive criticism. I’ve added two more dates to my summer in the Twin Cities. I’ll be giving two talks at the Catholic Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, MN on July 10th and 24th. The first talk will be on … [Read more...]

June 11, 2012 11:00pm

Dr. James Makubuya, my former Wabash colleague and world-renowned musician and ethnomusicologist, has become a very good friend over the past few weeks of preparing and recording Sister Stella’s album, Harambee. Here is a short, funny clip that I happened to capture between him and me. It was later in the day and things were getting a little stressful so he began making jokes in his disarming, beautifully African way. … [Read more...]