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Friday
Aug172018

Quentin's Weeknotes 8/11/18- 8/17/18

This week:

  • I finished reading Mike Davis's newest collection "Old Gods, New Enigma's: Marx's lost theory". Davis is a wonderfully readable radical historian of labor, urbanism, and ecology (or in the case of "City of Quartz" his astonishing history of Los Angeles, all three) and he brings to bear his vast knowledge on his first published commentary on Marx. It's worth the price of admission alone for his incredibly funny introduction in which he lays out all the times he's tried to read Marx and failed. There are four essays, all of which are insightful in different ways, but what's stuck with me the most is his quote from the last essay on global warming and urbanism:

the cornerstone of the low-carbon city, far more than any particular green design or technology, is the priority given to public affluence over private wealth.

P.S. Mike Davis wrote one of the most interesting and readable accounts of the 2016 election that I ran across as I was trying to make sense of the chaos and irrationalism around me.

Friday
Aug102018

Quentin's Weeknotes 8/04/18- 8/10/18

This week

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Saturday
Aug042018

Quentin's Weeknotes 7/29/18-8/4/18

This week

Thursday
Jul262018

Weeknotes July 22-28, 2018

This week...

Thursday
Jul262018

It's a nice day to STAAAHT AGAAYYYN!!!

The Susquehanna River Valley, shrouded in fog, from the Hartwick College campus. I've made a lot of changes in the last two years.

I've moved back to the United States, and am now living in the beautiful foothills of the Catskill mountains of New York.

I've shifted out of a purely academic professional track, and into a Museum job that combines material culture work, public engagement and outreach, and teaching.

I've worked on decluttering my social media input.

I've started writing fiction again (more on that in the future, hopefully).

So, it seemed appropriate to re-start this blog, which, though it began as a personal writing exercise, had morphed into a largely professional and archaeology-focused outlet. I want to re-capture some of the personality, sponteneity, and diversity of interests that I had when I started.

The old blog is still here, if you're looking for something to read.

Dr. Nnedi Okorafor's World Fantasy Award, and the book for which she won it. Lovecraft's likeness was removed from the award in 2015 after a public campaign by writers of color and allies. I also used to do a podcast, which focused on H.P. Lovecraft's New England stories. It's also still available, though, for a variety of reasons, that project feels somewhat completed now. For one thing, I have completed readings of all of the major stories set in Massachusetts. For another, I remain ambivalent about championing Lovecraft, particularly in light of his vicious racism (and the tantrums that his current defenders use to defend him up in spite of it). Finally, part of my inspiration was that I was living in the landscape that Lovecraft so expertly depicted and remixed in his fiction, but I haven't had a permanent or even temporary home in Western Massachusetts for almost a decade now. 

So, the podcast will still be here, but will not likely be updated much in the immediate future.

I am going to try, in the spirit of weeknotes, to use this blog as a place to curate and report on things that I'm reading, working on, and inspired by. I'll also occasionally post a few longer things, when the mood strikes. My hope is that this will help me move off of the hopelessly corrupted and toxic worlds of facebook and twitter, and into something more open, healthy, and productive.