During moments of national discord, Americans are supposed to rely on our founding documents for guidance. Since the documents lack a certain emotional resonance, this often drifts into a search for insight about the… Read More

At 8:54 in the morning, the thought occurs to me that I might get more done if I write in the library instead of at home, and I know beyond any optimistic doubt that… Read More

The campus where I work can hardly be labeled a bastion of literary enthusiasm. But, every spring, for a brief, three-day period, it does its best to pretend otherwise. The annual University of North… Read More

In 2013 I found myself simultaneously single and on the academic job market for the first time. I was thirty, several years into graduate school and at work on a dissertation about nineteenth-century poetry and… Read More