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Note: I am indulging here in thinking out loud, putting these things down to clarify my own thought a little. In his 1947 study of William Blake, Fearful Symmetry, Northrop Frye remarks that “idealism is a doctrine congenial to poets” (14). I think there is something to this, since in...

Last year, I resolved - as a chronic book non-finisher - to finish reading as many books as I could. I didn’t particularly succeed at that, but I did manage to slog through some books to the end that I would ordinarily have given up on. This year, partly because...

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about alternatives to exchange economies, prompted by David Graeber’s analysis of the mythical origins of exchange and money in his book on debt. One thing that Graeber discusses is that, contra the bourgeois economists and contemporary hegemonic thinking on the subject, members of ancient...

NOTE: This post contains some details about a recent episode of The Good Place that could be construed as a spoiler. In season three, episode four of The Good Place, Simone tries to help Eleanor understand what’s wrong with her by explaining that she never really got past the “me...

The other day the results of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy funding competition were announced, and it got me thinking about the place of grant-funding in librarianship and in academia more broadly. When I was applying for a PhD at University of Alberta last year, it was presumed that I...