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Welcome to the Dark Side

Published October 8, 2015 at Sacred Matters. the demonic returned to me…but Harry Potter wasn’t my only encounter. A member of my mother’s former church feared that my study of religions would lead me to participate in “satanic religions” like Hinduism or Buddhism; my mom, thankfully, ignored her. In high school, a fellow trumpet player spoke of […]

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Is Academe A Cult?

Published at The Chronicle Review on October 5, 2015. Training for the doctorate changes your goals because “part of you drinks the Kool-Aid while earning a Ph.D.” Yes, yet another reference to the poison that members of the Peoples Temple drank to commit suicide at Jonestown. I flinch any time I hear someone use the distasteful, […]

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The Flaws of ‘Do What You Love’

Published at Chronicle Vitae on September 30, 2015. “Do what you love” (DWYL) is a command under the guise of inspiration and affect. Seek professions. Train for them. Love them. Work, DWYL whispers, is only valuable if you love it. Work, it insists, is about emotion, feeling, and meaning. Shouldn’t we love what we do? How can […]

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A Q&A with Miya Tokumitsu

Published at Chronicle Vitae on September 30, 2015. Passion becomes the main motivator for one’s work. This happens in academia. Pick a topic that interests you. Dedicate 6, 7, or even 10 years of your life to this topic of inquiry. Value your work above all else. Your job is more than a job; it is […]

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September 11

Published at Bearings on September 9, 2015. I tried for years to explain to my students how the memory of that day still stops my breath, and how I viscerally knew the world had changed. I think about George W. Bush’s certainty about the division of our world into good and evil. About his insistence […]

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