This was actually proposed in the United States in the early twentieth century. There is an explanation in Swedish, by an author called “Wage Slave.” The requisite symbols of anarcho-syndicalism are a black cat and a red and black flag. I wanted to post those but found the above image, which is far more interesting. … More The 16 Hour Work Week
This is a MESTIZO POST, meaning it is mixed. It might be an ajiaco. It could be a curanto. And a cocido madrileño sounds good right now. I should make one, buying ingredients at La Tienda Punto Com. 1. Research Insight A commentator here suggested that the world’s fascination with Barack Obama’s racial mixture bespoke … More Cocido Madrileño
I have been told I should elevate one of my earlier comments to the Dutchman to Post Level, so I am. The context is that the Dutchman felt that since I am an American I do not speak actual English, only a variant of it, so that “my” understanding of the term “Black” was probably … More Early Dutchman
He’s a Dutchman. He was my Frisian conversation partner in El Salvador. He lives in Japan. Recently he said: “My students say Obama is not Black, but mixed, and they are trying to come up with the right English term for his color. The closest English term to the equivalent Japanese word is ‘Negroid.’ I … More What I Told the Dutchman, Who Asked
I This is a fresh post. I am re-starting this blog after two months (it has been primarily canned all this time). I wanted to direct all writing effort elsewhere but without the active blog I get blown off course too often. I do not promise to write a new post daily, but I am … More Centering (Para-InAdWRiMo), or, Discrete Notes (on) Centering
It is the weekend, so we are singing the calypso Progress, by King Austin. Via One Day for the Watchman, a great new blog. Axé.
In ceramics, you have to aim for a perfect piece from the beginning, or you will not get one that is good enough. Good enough means that it holds together. If you only aim for good enough at the beginning, you will lower standards too far and the piece will fly apart before the end. … More On Perfection
This comes from a very interesting thread including a conversation on race and racism with Human. I realized that what I could have continued to say in the comments thread merited a post of its own. Now I am writing notes toward that post. I am too tired after four hours of faculty meetings to … More Talking Race With the Emeritus Professor in the Days of Malcolm and Martin
*POOF.* This post was related to my just having been informed by one who should know better that GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ was a “Mexican” writer. Please, everybody, realize that Latin America has many countries. Not every Latin American who has lived in Mexico is Mexican. Not every Latin American whose work has been translated to … More Another Question for English Professors
Calling all English professors! Calling all professors of Comparative Literature! I have various graduate students who want to study “world literature” but only read English. They want to cover many texts from many centuries, continents and countries. What is “world literature” and how does it differ from Comparative Literature? How much should we expect someone … More What Is World Literature?