Clarissa's Blog

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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

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Marital Dialogues

on May 23, 2018

N: So what did you tell your friend R about me while you were in Seattle? Me: Nothing much. She’s known you for years. N: Did you tell her about our intimate life? Me: Eww! Disgusting! No, of course, I didn’t. Eww! N: Then what did you ta...

Neighborly Dialogues

on May 23, 2018

A rabbit was hit by a car in front of my house. I don’t think Klara is capable of understanding the concept yet, so the corpse isn’t traumatizing her. But it’s 90°, and after spending the whole day in the blistering heat, the anima...

Bye-bye, Trinidad

on May 23, 2018

The trip to Trinidad has been cancelled because we have a water main leak that the homeowners insurance won’t cover because it’s not a burst but seepage. For those who don’t know, I was going to a Hindu wedding of a family member in...


on May 23, 2018

It’s ridiculous how much one has to think, organize, phone, pack and remember to leave the house for three weeks. I never thought I had a complicated life but it feels complicated right now.

Philip Roth Died

on May 22, 2018

And he’s not even all that old, just 85. So sad. Picking up on our yesterday’s topic, Roth was the founder of the kind of immigrant lit that Junot Diaz is practicing. Roth would use Yiddish words every once in a while without providing a...

Babies and Consent

on May 22, 2018

There was a lot of hype over a lady who said parents should seek a baby’s consent before changing her diaper. The idea was worded very inelegantly and in a way that seemed meant to antagonize as many people as possible. But it’s actually...

Dear Santa

on May 22, 2018

This is the kind of garbage I receive from the MLA: Dear Colleague: The MLA publications program is beginning development of the volume Strategies and Perspectives on Social Justice Work. The essays in this volume will tease back the layers of what c...