The Great Silence: apologies, and my return to blogging.

I know I’ve been very quiet lately.  I’ve been traveling for nearly three weeks, mostly tending to family affairs and doing a little research along the way.  I’ve also had the chance to spend valuable time in conversation with friends in Michigan and New England, a rare pleasure all the more precious because of current … Continue reading The Great Silence: apologies, and my return to blogging.

Just another day at a university in cowboy country fantasyland (aka the U.S.A.)

H/t to @LeapingRobot (aka Patrick McCray) for drawing my attention to this thoughtful request from Boisie State’s Greg Hampikian, who asks the Idaho Lege, “When May I Shoot A Student?”  Published nearly two years ago, he explains: In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to … Continue reading Just another day at a university in cowboy country fantasyland (aka the U.S.A.)

Chauncey DeVega’s interview with Richard Slotkin at We Are Respectable Negroes

Check out part two of Chauncey’s podcast series on the relationship between America’s gun culture, citizenship, race, and masculinity, which features Richard Slotkin, the Olin Professor of English at Wesleyan University, and the man whom I would like to nominate as the Dean of American Violence Studies.  Some of you may know Slotkin through his … Continue reading Chauncey DeVega’s interview with Richard Slotkin at We Are Respectable Negroes

Sadly, no surprises: young, mentally ill man murders 6 and injures 14

The assassination attempt yesterday in Tucson of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the attendant massacre of 6 of her constituents and the injury of 13 others was apparently the work of an obviously mentally unstable young man.  Here’s a report from his community college instructor and a fellow student, in which they report that they were afraid he’d bring … Continue reading Sadly, no surprises: young, mentally ill man murders 6 and injures 14