Wow Red Sox

The Sox beat the Marlins 25-8 last night in a game that has Marlins manager Jack McKeon accusing the Sox of deliberately running up the score to make up for a problematic bull pen. MMM…can somebody say sore loser? It was a record-breaking game. Wish I had been there.

New Directions in Historical Inquiry

Invisible Adjunct is surely not a “fuddy-duddy” for suggesting that a recent article in the American Historical Review advocating a “paradigm shift” towards disability history, was, um, a tad overdone. Catherine Kudlick claims in this article that “disability is so vast in its economic, social, political, cultural, religious, legal, philosophical, artistic, moral, and medical import that it can force historians to reconsider virtually every concept, every event, every ‘given’ we have taken for granted.”

Now I am not saying that disability is unimportant, but I find it really difficult to believe that if I read a history of disability in early America it would completely change my historical outlook. Yes, I can see it now. I’ll rename my dissertation and change its focus: “Religion, Race, and Disability in the seventeenth-century Chesapeake.”

It’s really sad that historians feel like they have to present every idea as the next new thing–the greatest contribution to history since last year’s major paradigm shift. I think this is caused by the pressure to publish (and publish brilliantly and frequently). Thus what could have been an interesting article about the place of disability in history and a think piece on how we might reasonably use our understanding of it to shed light on social attitudes in the past became an overblown piece of hyperbole I just can’t take seriously.

No wonder the general public doesn’t read academic history.

Tell Your Senators NO on Pryor

The nomination of Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals would be a disaster. In addition to his opposition to freedom of choice, Pryor has opposed legislation such as the VIolence Against Women Act, the Voting Rights Act, and has compared homosexuality to bestiality and necrophilia. Geez. Where do the Bushies find these nutcases?

You can read about Pryor here.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

For the past year I have been eagerly reading every scrap that comes out about the new Harry potter book. I’ve relentlessly checked websites and gossiped with friends in the English department about possible new plot lines. For the past two weeks, of course, hype has been steadily growing and I have read every piece of hype that’s come out. On Tuesday I trotted over to Harvard Book Store and preordered my very own copy. I also signed up for the store’s midnight release party this evening.

I just left a voicemail for my boyfriend reminding him that I would be attending the party and he was welcome to come along when it hit me. I am neck-deep in…hype. I’ve always been the one who refuses to see the popular movies (The Matrix Reloaded and LOTR excepted). I’ve also been the one who tells people, truthfully, that until six months ago I had never heard of Britney Spears, and JLo who? I have always said that whatever the media has to say about pop culture means nothing to me.

But my anticipation for Harry Potter 5 has catapulted me into pop culture wonderland. I am so excited about getting my very own copy of The Order of the Phoenix that I can scarcely contain myself. This doesn’t mean, however, that in the future I’ll be lining up three weeks in advance to watch the new Star Wars movie. I hope to hold my love of hype to books only.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

For the past year I have been eagerly reading every scrap that comes out about the new Harry potter book. I’ve relentlessly checked websites and gossiped with friends in the English department about possible new plot lines. For the past two weeks, of course, hype has been steadily growing and I have read every piece of hype that’s come out. On Tuesday I trotted over to Harvard Book Store and preordered my very own copy. I also signed up for the store’s midnight release party this evening.

I just left a voicemail for my boyfriend reminding him that I would be attending the party and he was welcome to come along when it hit me. I am neck-deep in…hype. I’ve always been the one who refuses to see the popular movies (The Matrix Reloaded and LOTR excepted). I’ve also been the one who tells people, truthfully, that until six months ago I had never heard of Britney Spears, and JLo who? I like to say that I live in a world where what the media has to say about anything pop culture is totally disinteresting to me.

But alas, my enthusiastic participation in Harry Potter hype has made a liar of me and catapulted me in pop culture wonderland. I am so excited to get my copy of Harry Potter 5 that I can barely contain myself. I hope this doesn’t mean that in the future I’ll be lining up three weeks in advance to see the enxt Star Wars movie…I am hoping to hold my love of hype to books only.