I can’t remember where I first learned anything about this man, or why I decided to start with Notes of a Native Son. I do remember the muggy, summer evening that I, on a bit of a whim, drove straight to one of my favorite bookstores after getting off work. I also purchased Audre Lorde’s … More I’m falling in love with James Baldwin, and it’s pissing me off.
In 2020 fashion, this Labor Day weekend was strange for me and my crew. It was too hot for camping–not to mention all the other people we were bound to run into, since the virus has rendered most other folks’ primary pastimes ill-advised at best and cancelled at worst. When I was still going to … More Living in the liminal
I should really write blog posts more than once a year. I’ll put that on my ever-expanding list of goals for 2020. This is me checking in after 18 months or so in corporate America. What a strange, challenging, fascinating journey it’s been. I decided to take the plunge after hanging out around the office … More Why I chose the Slow Game, and how that’s working out for me
I graduated from a History of Science program in May of 2018 and have been serving as an intern in the human resources department of a relatively large and well-known industrial construction company. Talk about contrast. I have been forced through exposure and an increasingly intense desire to get out of my parents’ house to … More The Transition
I reread my thesis today. It’s always a scary practice, reading your own writing after you’ve let it sit for awhile. But I came away pleased overall, and the time I’ve spend out of the academic world has made it a lot easier to reflect on some of the real-world implications of my research. I … More Post-Thesis Thinking
It is done, and it is online for anyone to read! The late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw a crisis in therapeutics as scientific developments overturned the theoretical underpinnings of humoral medicine, leaving room for lively and pluralistic discourses of health and healing. This thesis examines the controversies surrounding therapeutics in late nineteenth-century America through … More Science and the Construction of Health in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 1879-1906
There are a few different directions I could go with my thesis at this point, and I think one of the best ways for me to work through them is to write them down and read them later. Here’s to hoping one of these sounds doable when I reread this in a couple of weeks. … More Thesis Question Brainstorm
I started out the summer ambitiously, though I didn’t realize it at the time. Perceiving a declining ability to read fiction, I decided I needed to relearn how to not immediately try and find the thesis in any piece of writing I laid eyes on. What better tome to begin with than one I’d heard … More Science, Medicine & Women in Middlemarch
I’m starting to realize that, while I still have a good chunk of time in which to pick an advisor and a “tentative thesis title,” all of that is not just going to magically fall into my lap between now and the deadline. Though I feel I’m drowning in books, I’ve got to start making … More Thesis Shower Thoughts
I can’t remember where I found this, but it’s one of my favorite images. I remember the caption being something about medical students goofing around in anatomy class, and I believe it’s late 19th to early 20th century in origin. If anyone knows where this came from, please let me know!!