Academia & Education:
- What Do Professors Do All Week?, a week-long series in which I chronicled just how a professor spends his or her workday… by chronicling exactly how I spent each day of February 19-25, 2011. You’ll even find an entry for each day of the week. The sequel to this experiment (which chronicled a summer work week, May 12-18, 2012) wasn’t as popular.
- Professors Work Harder Than You Do, David C. Levy, a brief rebuttal to an “expert” who lacks any knowledge of his subject.
- Tenure Isn’t The Point, my response to Kathryn D. Blanchard’s “I’ve Got Tenure. How Depressing.”
- Humanities Majors Learn More, the good news that’s usually omitted in reports on Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. Students majoring in the Liberal Arts learn much more than students in Business, Education, Social Work, or other fields.
- Those Who Can, Teach. Those Who Cannot, Pass Laws About Teaching. It’s time to end the war on education.
- Chronicle of the Highly Uneducated; or, The Riley Fallacy, my response to the intellectually lazy blogger Naomi Schaefer Riley.
- Meritocracy in Academia: A Useful Myth?
Advice (much of it related to academia & publishing):
- 10 Tips for Writing a Biography
- How to Publish Your Article. Probably the most popular post on this blog, though many people neglect to read the caveat that the advice applies to people in the Humanities….
- How to Publish Your Book
- How to Write a Book
- Prograstigrading. One way of managing the time-hungry monster.
- Click on the “Advice” tag for more advice.
Academic Autobiography (usually containing some advice):
- How Did I Get Here? Part I: Up from Adjuncthood. Despite its unfortunate name (I should have chosen something different, I realize), this tracks my journey from ajunct prof to tenure-track prof.
- How Did I Get Here? Part II: Into Professorland. This continues that narrative.
- Professional Autodidact; or, How I Became a Children’s Literature Professor.
- Introvert Impersonates Extrovert. As Morrissey sings in the Smiths’ “Ask,” ”Shyness is nice, but shyness can stop you / from doing all the things in life you’d like to.”
- My Book About Me. There’s not much “academic” in this one, but it does offer a glimpse of my 7-year-old self.
How to Find Good Children’s Books
- How to Find Good Children’s Books
- Emily’s Library: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and more parts to come! Books given to my niece, Emily.
- Click on the “Reviews” tag to find my (few) reviews on this blog.
Short Essays on Children’s Literature
- Larger subjects:
- Can Censoring a Children’s Book Remove Its Prejudices? This is one of the most popular posts on tis site.
- Little Rebels, Little Conservatives, and Occupy Wall Street. See also Radical Children’s Literature Now! (handout from Julia Mickenberg’s and my Francelia Butler Lecture at the 2011 Children’s Literature Association conference).
- More Metafiction for Children. Includes video of me & list of recommended titles.
- Ignorance Is Not a Virtue
- Why Meghan Can’t Read. A response to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s concerns about darkness in YA literature.
- Martin Amis, Brain Damage, and Children’s Literature. A response to Mr. Amis’s ill-informed remarks about writing for children.
- The Picture Book Is Dead. Long Live the Picture Book. A response to that New York Times piece that alleged (sans anything but purely anecdotal evidence) that the picture book sales were declining & thus the genre was in trouble.
- On individual books or authors:
- The Book of Everything. A few words on Guus Kuijer’s novel, which is one of the greatest books ever written.
- Bow-Wow! A brief analysis of Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash’s wonderful Bow-Wow books.
- “Too Bad His Duck Is So Crazy”: Tim Egan, Seriously Funny
- Ferdinand at 75. Reflections on the classic book by Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson.
- Harry Potter, Seriously
- Kadir Nelson Is the Best; or, When the Caldecott Committee Strikes Out. On Nelson’s brilliant We Are the Ship.
- The Most Wild Thing of All: Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012. Remembering Mr. Sendak, and featuring a brief extract from my first telephone interview with him.
- Tributes to Maurice Sendak: Visual Artists Respond.
- Click on the “Reviews” tag to find reviews of children’s books. See also “Recurring Subjects,” below.
Short Essays on Other Subjects
- Let’s Talk About Taste. On Nickelback, Celine Dion, and the subjectivity of musical taste. And a recommendation that you read Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste.
- That’s Life. This has nothing to do with the Frank Sinatra song. It’s actually about death, occasioned by a month (May 2012) in which many children’s authors and artists died.
- If I Were a Middle-Class White Kid, my response to Gene Marks’ well-intentioned but poorly reasoned “If I Were a Poor Black Kid.”
- Telemarketing Kills Charity. Why should one’s reward for donating to a charitable organization be telephone harassment from this same organization?
- Summertime: The Box Set. Four mixes for the summer.
- This One’s for the Workers: Labor Songs, 1929-2010. For Labor Day.
- Halloween Box Set: Part I (I Put a Spell on You), Part II (That Old Black Magic), Part III (Zombie Jamboree), Part IV (Living After Midnight), Part V (Wicked & Sweet), Part VI (Season of the Witch), Part VII (People Are Strange), Part VIII (A Shot in the Dark).
- Rapture Party Mix. Songs for the end of the world.
- Click on the “Mixes” tag to find other mixes.
- Harry Potter: all posts tagged “Harry Potter”
- Syd Hoff: all posts tagged “Syd Hoff”
- Crockett Johnson: all posts tagged “Crockett Johnson”
- Ruth Krauss: all posts tagged “Ruth Krauss”
- Radical Children’s Literature: all posts tagged “Radical Children’s Literature”
- Maurice Sendak: all posts tagged “Maurice Sendak”
- Dr. Seuss: all posts tagged “Seuss”
Anything else I should add here? Anything I should subtract? Let me know. Thanks!