The State of Sam

A lot of the people I follow on Twitter are academics, and mostly academics who specialize in 18th-century British literature. These are highly qualified and credentialed people, well educated, most of them with PhD’s, and who not only teach and research, but also do service work for their universities (serving on committees) or administrative work […]

The Real and the Unrevealed: Biography, Truth, and Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson was knowledgeable about the purpose and value of biography partly because he wrote a lot of it himself during the course of a life during which he wrote in many different genres. Perhaps his two most notable, or at least famous, biographical works provide an interesting contrast because one was about a friend […]

Academic Writing Month

Well, academic writing month came and went – AcWriMo, as folks call it – and alas I didn’t get much writing done as I was working on a freelance editing project that took a lot of time. In fact, November was even the first month during which I did not do at least one posting […]