Monthly Archives: June 2011

¿Sorry for being so North American?

As we were wandering the streets of Madrid recently, my dad turned to my sister and apologized for drinking coffee as we roamed.  “I know, it´s so North American,” he remarked. This reminded me of a recent encounter with a … Continue reading

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NYC

This post is almost exclusively about research. Research about comic books. Conducted in NYC! See how I reel you in by deploying the most fascinating facts first? As anyone who cares about comic books and showed us around the city … Continue reading

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Phila / Philly / Philadelphia / Fresh Prince’s Hometown / oops I accidentally wind up talking about how much I love Montreal

We are living on the east coast at the moment and taking advantage of being within driving distance of super-cool things like the Franklin Institute.  Other than getting inexplicably honked at a bunch of times (just kidding, the explanation is … Continue reading

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The untold story of Nelvana of the Northern Lights

As I mentioned before, I recently met this totally awesome person at a conference who gave me copies of the comic book adventures of Nelvana of the Northern Lights, a Canadian superhero who was in publication from roughly 1941 to … Continue reading

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Higher education (question mark)

There is a fair bit of discussion on the internet about the futility of doctoral degrees.  The Economist ran “The disposable academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time” in December 2010, followed by my response (as … Continue reading

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Conference it up

There are lots of pro tips available around the internet for having a successful, enjoyable academic conference.  My advisor suggests presenting at no more than two per year (since they can be a huge time and money sink between preparation … Continue reading

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“When are you going to stop blogging?”

My sister was wondering, so I’ve decided on a new update schedule.  From now on, I’ll be posting dissertation-related thoughts on this blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you get bored on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, you can find some … Continue reading

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Oliphant and Sokal – hoaxes or heroes?

I’d like to share one last piece of interest from the The Ungentlemanly Art: A History of American Political Cartoons by Stephen Hess and Milton Kaplan (1968).  According to Hess & Kaplan, Patrick Oliphant created his 1966 Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoon specifically to … Continue reading

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Further faux pas in “The Ungentlemanly Art”

I came across another amusing item in The Ungentlemanly Art: A History of American Political Cartoons by Stephen Hess and Milton Kaplan (1968): “The Republican Defeat,” a cartoon in Judge by Bernhard Gillam on 19 November 1982, was originally drawn to show … Continue reading

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“The Ungentlemanly Art” of plagiarism

This summer, I am supposed to read a bunch of books in preparation for writing a comprehensive exam on them in the fall semester.  The list of books is still under development, but my plan is to include funny or … Continue reading

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