barbara christian | literary theory 

And I love her declaration at the end: "I, therefore, have no set method, another prerequisite of the new theory, since for me every work suggests a new approach. As risky as that might seem, it is, I believe, what intelligence means-a tuned sensitivity to that which is alive and therefore cannot be known until it is

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barbara christian | literary theory 

She continues her objections to all those Continental Philosophy obsessives by stating that she saw the Black Arts Movement make the same prescriptivist mistakes: "My fear is that when theory is not rooted in practice, it becomes prescriptive, exclusive, elitish."

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barbara christian | literary theory 

Eunsong Kim led me to Barbara Christian's"The Race for Theory" (1988). Christian launches a Black feminist attack against the obsession w/ Eurocentric literary theory. She argues that theory's self-absorption tries to disenfranchise BIPOC voices:

"That [theory's mystifying] language surfaced, interestingly enough, just when the literature of peoples of color, black women, Latin Americans, and Africans began to move to 'the center.'"

I've been thinking about Devyn Springer's insistence on killing the term "creatives" & instead adopting "cultural workers":

Hey scholar folk, if you could have coffee with a dead scholar/thinker, who would you choose? My choice: W.E.B. DuBois.

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last day to submit a presentation to , the informal conference we're hosting!

no formal credentials required + open to all instances on the fedi, come share the cool things you know!

food world drama | capitalism 

I can't keep up with all the food world drama lately haha! It's finally dawning on folks that restaurants & food media are exploitative. The latest is the discovery that LA's Sqirl is running a rat-stuffed illegal kitchen & that it's overpriced jam was covered in mold. It really encapsulates capitalism, doesn't it? Flashy hype on the outside, exploitative mold-monsters festering on the inside.

walter rodney's groundings 

Reading Walter Rodney's "Groundings with My Brothers," where he discusses being banned from Jamaica. I'm interested in his "groundings" concept as pedagogy: the intellectual goes outside the classroom, talking with others on equal footing. He saw this as a way for black folks to articulate their position in the world. However, the grounding method cld be useful in other contexts since it advocates that intellectuals kill the University's institutional power.

food fun 

Today I made a shrimp, tomato, and okra fried rice on our cast iron griddle grill outside.

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gyanendra pandey | historiography 

I'm still deep in Gyanendra Pandey's essay on the 1989 Bhagalpur riots. After breaking down all the different narratives around the violence, he takes historians & social scientists to task for avoiding violence by focusing on its contexts. Through such "narrativizing we are able to escape representing pain" & falsely position violence as an aberration in contemporary societies.

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US / MA pol, indigenous rights 

If you live in Massachusetts, please go to this web site to write letters to your state representatives regarding two issues on the docket at the moment: to change the state flag, and to ban mascots based on indigenous people (of which MA has very many).

Time is urgent, these need to be acted on soon or they will expire.

Have you seen our state flag? OMG, unbelievable:

uspol | decolonization 

The Supreme Court's recognition of tribal sovereignty in OK has me returning to Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang's stunning essay "Decolonization is not a metaphor." As they say, decolonization's aim is returning Indigenous land. Anything else is BS: "The metaphorization of decolonization makes possible a set of evasions, or 'settler moves to innocence,' that problematically attempt to reconcile settler guilt and complicity, and rescue settle futurity."

Reading Gyanendra Pandey's 1992 essay on the "collective amnesia" around Partition that occurs in India. Pandey writes these insightful lines: "Violence also appears as an absence--and here the point applies more emphatically to a field wider than Indian history--because historical discourse has been able to capture and represent the moment of violence only with great difficulty. The 'history' of violence is, therefore, alnost always about context--about everything that happens around violence."


Just ate something dubbed as a 'raspberry cruffin.' It may be an odd croissant/muffin hybrid, but I dig it.

During my evening walk by the Congaree River, it became immediately apparent that this is the insects' planet & we are mere subletters...

This summer, I think South Carolina is trying to teach me whole new dimensions to humidity. It's almost hallucinatory y'all.

Waiting in a Zoom meeting room for others to show up is the loneliest feeling in the world haha.

I also love how Fred Moten & Stephano Harney advocate forming a common non-cooperation against the University, the need to fight against how the institution uses constant evaluation to induce complicity.

"Hell is not other people. That's too general. Hell is having to read the Dean's latest email of solidarity." -- Fred Moten in a Zoom talk with Stefano Harney put on by UC Irvine grad students. These folks get how exploitative the University can be!

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