“What happens when the familiar and poignant gap of desire is cauterized by a technology that underscores our separateness? What’s left but void?”
I wrote about the BBC/Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People for CNN Opinions.
“Connell’s look tells the story of everything he shares with Marianne. It says that wires and cables and technology may enable this form of “chatting,” but intimacy requires proximity, and no video chat will ever replicate the nearness of the real thing. It says, I know you, and I’ll see you on the other side of this when we have nothing but time.”
I’m delighted to have an essay in the new edited collection Visions of Glory: The Civil War in Word and Image (UGA Press, 2019). My essay is called “‘Companion to…the pending struggle’: L. Prang and Company’s War Telegram Marking Map.” Editors Kathleen Diffley and Ben Fagan have done a brilliant job of shepherding this book into the world, and it’s a thing of beauty. Read more about it here! (Amazon link)
I’ve entered the world of podcasting! The Book Light is a new podcast dedicated to illuminating classics of literature. Each episode, we take on a new text or author–analyzing their words, exploring their impact, and speaking with experts who shed new light (sorry) on famous texts. Check out our website or subscribe/download on iTunes.
Last fall, I had the pleasure of making my first podcast appearance on PhDivas, a brilliant show hosted by Liz Wayne and Xine Yao. Listen here!
I’ve also written a new review of Mark Bradford’s new awe-inspiring commission at the Hirshhorn, inspired by C19 Civil War cycloramas. Read the review here.
I’ve written a new commentary piece for Apollo considering the role of museums in the age of “fake news” (and in light of multiple abhorrent racist incidents that have occurred in D.C. and elsewhere). Read it here, and let me know what you think!
I wrote a short commentary for Apollo on the politics of preserving the 19th-century cyclorama The Battle of Atlanta. Read it here!
For more on the cyclorama, check out the website of the Atlanta History Center.
Image: Atlanta History Center
My review of the new-ish National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has been published by Apollo. Read it here and let me know what you think!