EuroSlayage or “Sometimes Being a Nerd With Your Friend Results in a PhD”

July 18th, 2016

In 2009 I attended and presented at my first ever academic conference. My very good friend and co-bartender Ian Klein had suggested we co-write a paper about Firefly’s Shepherd Book and issues of fundamentalism, atonement and atheism for an academic conference on popular culture. When I said yes, I had no idea it would become […]

Because Redesigning Album Art Is About More Than Procrastination

February 6th, 2016

It’s about productivity. I have a strange relationship with the music I play and store in iTunes. Working on a PhD has only increased this. What I haven’t mentioned yet, though, is the important role album art plays in my computer deskscape. Yes ‘deskscape’ because I spend more time in this screen environment than anywhere […]

Rowling as Storyteller-Not Novelist

January 9th, 2016

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was surprised, finally sitting down with Rowling’s extra-textual contrbution to the Wizarding World (before Pottermore, that is), to discover an absolute gem. Though very short, just 5 tales plus notes, as an offering of wizarding world folktales ostensibly documented […]

Tommorrowland: How A Film About The Future Rockets Us Back To Where We Should Not Go

May 23rd, 2015

First, a bit on what I expected, followed by a whole lot on what I got. Beyond seeing the first teaser trailer probably a year ago, I avoided all “Tomorrowland: A World Byeond” content before seeing it tonight. I had very high hopes, and wanted to walk in with nothing but wonder. And for the […]

What Happens When Doing A PhD Dramatically Shrinks Your Social And Work Spheres…

May 19th, 2014

On May 7, something I have been looking forward to for over a year finally happened. The exciting moment came quietly, sneakily, while I was working at my desk, but the months and months of anticipation beforehand included careful monitoring, betting, wishing, and waiting. So now I celebrate: The Day That A Song Finally Surpassed […]

The Search For Hagrid’s Hut or How Seven Muggles Accidentally Stumbled Onto Hogwarts Grounds

January 18th, 2014

  I’m not sure at what point last year I decided to research where in Scotland the scenes around Hagrid’s Hut from Prisoner of Azkaban were filmed or how I went about that research, but for about a year now, I’ve had an apple sticky note on my computer desktop saying “I want to visit […]

Pop Culture & The Kingdom of God

July 22nd, 2012

I never dreamed I would end my two years as an Assistant Instructor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and my four preceding years as a student, by co-teaching a new course I co-created on a topic I love, with twenty-plus amazing graduate students. But I did. A few weeks ago we celebrated […]

Love Story

April 29th, 2012

My beloved friend Lucy honored me by asking me to help officiate her wedding to Kris. I’m still reeling from what this all meant to me, but one of the amazing things she asked me to do in the service was to tell Kris’s and her love story through an enchanted narrative. Kris and Lucy […]

‘Run to the Woods’: Songs for an Appalachian Dystopian Narrative

April 23rd, 2012

I tend to only use Pandora in situations where I can’t use iTunes, which then means I just try to recreate my finely honed playlists designed mostly for reading. So of course for re-reading The Hunger Games, I needed to create a portable station with which to read along. When I started plugging tracks from […]

Because the Odds are Not in Their Favor (Potential Hunger Games Spoilers Within)

April 19th, 2012

I’ve avoided writing about The Hunger Games on my blog because I’ve assigned the text for a class I’m teaching this summer, and didn’t want all my salient lecture points (or student paper topics) just sitting here willy nilly on my blog, but I’m breaking my rule because of an outstanding intertextual experience I had, […]