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Historian @TheNewSchool | @PublicSeminar | opinion writer & reviewer | | | NYC & Northampton
Mar 25, 2019 16 tweets 7 min read
What seems most obvious to me about the reception of the #MuellerReport is that media, and citizens, on the left and the right have not yet learned that taking extreme positions on something that, as yet, we know very little about. THREAD For example, go ahead and crap on #WilliamBarr if you like, but we do not know that he has not characterized the report correctly BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT YET SEEN IT.
Feb 20, 2019 17 tweets 5 min read
Thanks to the #GovernmentShutdown it took a while to get the comments for my (once again failed) application to the @NEHgov for my book. Some thoughts: (thread) I am very grateful to the people who volunteer to do this job. It's a great kindness to participate in giving away money to OTHER PEOPLE to do their work, thus sacrificing their own time. I am sincere about that. Even to those of you who found my project unworthy.
Feb 11, 2019 11 tweets 2 min read
Saw the Mr. Rogers documentary last night, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and found myself deeply touched, often to the point of tears, by Fred Rogers' deep and profound commitment to the well-being of children. THREAD He was a pastor, for those of you who don't know, and chose children as his ministry. Television as the "location," or virtual space, for that ministry. His critique of the medium also acknowledged its power and permanence, and he was outraged by the cynicism of commercial shows.
Feb 7, 2019 10 tweets 2 min read
In episode 2 of Marie Kondo, we have a Japanese woman helping a Japanese-American family declutter their home (note: this married couple are more than borderline hoarders.) They have one whole room devoted to the wife's vast collection of Christmas decorations. In the bedroom, there is a tottering tower of cardboard boxes, which contains the husband's vast collection of baseball cards. Also this couple has an Extremely Worried Son. And I won't even tell you about the garage.
Jan 26, 2019 5 tweets 1 min read
More education on internet safety, from the person many people recently tagged as an apologist for white supremacy. THREAD the current FB meme going around that asks you to, without stating your birthplace, say something that would identify it, is a potential way that you are contributing to your own security breaches.
Jan 2, 2019 19 tweets 4 min read
Listen up, job candidates at #aha19 and #mla19: I have been thinking about a tweet in which someone said some version of: "I don't know anyone who has ever had a good experience at an @AHAhistorians interview." I have interviewed, and been interviewed, and here is what I know. I always get charged up for interviews. I am hugely competitive, and so I always see them as an opportunity, not a hurdle. And one crucial thought is: you will fail at most interviews, but you have a *chance* to succeed at every one.
Dec 30, 2018 30 tweets 9 min read
Everybody getting ready for #AHA19? This is your @AHAhistorians program chair speaking, with some hints for how to have the best meeting ever. Some of you are old hands – for others this is your first meeting! Let’s get started. First, we are going to Chicago, people: it’s going to be cold, but not legendary Chicago cold: mid 30s to low 40s, and I am seeing no precipitation until Tuesday. This is good news: no need for boots or extra layers. Put boots in your car in case there is snow when you return.
Nov 29, 2018 17 tweets 6 min read
I have been trying to think about what activated my defence of @theorygurl's essay in the @nytimes. As in most social media convos, it was as much about me as it was about her, and it also has to do with principles that have crystallized for me since I became an editor. THREAD Whether I think she is right or wrong, fair or unfair, @theorygurl is a breath of fresh air, particularly in a queer left academic world that does many things right, but has become stultifyingly conformist, defensive, & unable to acknowledge the privilege that it has accrued.
Nov 15, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
Just catching up with the "controversial" @chronicle article featuring Jill Lepore, and aside from a couple random responses, I would like to say the following. THREAD First, I consider Jill to be a friend, so if you want to engage her fairly, fine. But you go through me first.
Nov 10, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
This is the kind of story where people always assume that Trump's violent rhetoric has actually caused it: I don't think so.… Women bloggers like me were seeing this kind of behaviour as far back as the Bush administration.
Nov 9, 2018 19 tweets 6 min read
More lessons from the hospital. In the last chapter we discussed the inability of a self-described, "award winning"and "world famous" hospital to deliver the standard of care that you might expect for $250-300K, despite having a caring staff. Now, let's go to politics. THREAD @ThreadReaderApp unroll
Nov 9, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
Am waiting for a friend in a NYC hospital whose marketing materials bill it as "world famous" and "award winning," and it teaches volumes about the state of health care in the United States today. THREAD @ThreadReaderApp unroll
Oct 19, 2018 12 tweets 6 min read
Last night, I listened to the final installment of @Slate's "Slow Burn," about the Starr investigation. Episode 8 is about the rape accusation made against @BillClinton by Juanita Broaddrick, a nursing home owner who worked on his 1978 campaign. That's her on the right: Like most of the podcast, it was beautifully done: the way @LeonNeyfakh handles women's stories is a model for good historical work. The interview w/ #LindaTripp, for example contains a great twist where confesses he has secretly recorded her as she recorded #MonicaLewinsky.