The Queer Kinship of Our Literary Lives: A Tribute to My Uncle Joe LeSueur (and Frank O’Hara)

As I write it’s Pride month, June 2019. This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall and with...

Dickinson’s Luxury

In the years before I started grad school, I worked for a time at a French bakery on the...

How Not to Know; Or, Hack Your Student Evals with this One Weird Trick

At some point between having children and my fortieth birthday, the excellent memory I was born with started to...

Swikipedia

Erin Severson is an aspiring eighteenth-centuryist whose heart has always belonged to Jonathan Swift. She recently graduated from UCLA...

Twitter Accounts I’d Like to Make

Twitter offers clever people countless opportunities to be clever. This makes the platform both brilliant and frustrating. It’s where...

Tourists of Eden

When I told the customs officer at Heathrow that we were heading to the Lake District, it was an...

Jane Austen, On Sabbatical

“Solitary elegance”—the phrase, invoked in an 1813 letter to her sister Cassandra, is quintessentially Jane Austen’s, but I’ve adopted...

Why the Brits Can’t Keep Calm and Carry On About the Royal Baby (Hint: It’s About Race)

The intimacy of motherhood shapes our idea of nationhood. When the black poet Nayyirah Waheed wrote, “my mother was...

Tropical Landscape with Skaters

I may be the only person in Florida, or the southeast, or even the whole US, who researches eighteenth-century...

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