that time my boss went through my holds

There’s an ongoing discussion, on library twitter,1 about the problems of privacy in libraries. It’s part of our core values, and one of the major ethical tenants of our profession, and we’re pretty much failing. It’s so great! Or, rather, so profoundly infuriating and depressing that it can sometimes feel insurmountable, but luckily we have some great folks who are, and will continue, to rage … Continue reading that time my boss went through my holds

Michio Kaku and LeVar Burton at the Chicago Humanities Festival

My review of Michio Kaku and LeVar Burton’s Chicago Humanities Festival conversation is now live over at Third Coast Review. It was wildly different from Joy Harjo and Layli Long Soldier’s conversation, but, jeez, you guys, it was just as joyful. Do you remember Reading Rainbow? I adored it as a kid. It was, in fact, one of the few TV shows I was allowed … Continue reading Michio Kaku and LeVar Burton at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Heather McGhee and Helene Gayle in Conversation at the Chicago Humanities Festival

My review of Heather McGhee and Helene Gayle’s Chicago Humanities Festival conversation is now live over at Third Coast Review! McGhee is an economist, except it’s not Milton Friedman’s economics, and, as someone who grew up on the University of Chicago campus, I always assume all economics are Milton Friedman economics. But The Sum of Us isn’t Friedman! It’s even inspiring! I’ve heard McGhee speak … Continue reading Heather McGhee and Helene Gayle in Conversation at the Chicago Humanities Festival

software expertise requires time, training, & funds

On May 6, somebody on Twitter complained about how their students tend to use Google Docs rather than, say, Microsoft Word. The thread was pretty spectacular (often in a bad way), and it set off a discussion (to put it mildly) across academic and library Twitters. If it was the first time I’d seen such a discussion—or, you know, participated in it—I might let it … Continue reading software expertise requires time, training, & funds

Joy Harjo and Living Nations, Living Words at the Chicago Humanities Festival

I covered Joy Harjo and Layli Long Soldier’s discussion at the Chicago Humanities Festival for Third Coast Review, and, jeez louise, it wasn’t an easy review to write. I mean, how does one cover something that, in the face of almost insurmountable tech ish, is still the sweetest, warmest mutual admiration fest imaginable? I’ll confess something: I’ve read Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas, back for the … Continue reading Joy Harjo and Living Nations, Living Words at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Walter Isaacson on Jennifer Doudna and The Code Breakers at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Walter Isaacson and Steve Edwards discussed Isaacson’s newest biography The Code Breakers, its charismatic hero, biochemist Jennifer Doudna, the CRISPR technology she and research partner Emmanuelle Charpentier pioneered (and won the Nobel for!), and the possibilities and ethical considerations of gene editing in a conversation for the Chicago Humanities Festival. I covered it for Third Coast Review. It’s got a lot in common with the … Continue reading Walter Isaacson on Jennifer Doudna and The Code Breakers at the Chicago Humanities Festival

i really hate daylight saving time

Daylight Saving Time doesn’t really bring more daylight. The days are no longer. Time is, after all, artificial, a river without banks, a thing transfixed, a societal construction. What is real is the passage of the Earth around the sun, and that is what determines how much sun we have at any given season and at any particular part of the United States. Daylight Saving … Continue reading i really hate daylight saving time