I am a lawyer and a Phd candidate in Political Theory at the University of Florida. First off, I will use this place to host info about classes I am teaching (syllabi, assignments, etc). This is so that most people will be able to have up-to-date info. I might also keep academic works-in-progress here, as well as a current CV.
That being said, I write--academically and informally--about culture and politics. Stick around if you like left-ward slanted politics, discussions about academia, indie-rock, genre and subculture films, pomo literature, comic books, continental political philosophy, and/or TV shows like Lost, Buffy (RIP), The Office, Battlestar Galactica, The Wire (RIP), or Twin Peaks (RIP). I might also write about my family, my house, restaurants and shops I have enjoyed, the little hamlet of Gainesville, and/or how someone SERIOUSLY annoyed me today. But mostly politics, art, and culture. Enjoy and give me feedback.
I saw "The Visitor" over the weekend--blu-ray baby--and it was wonderful. It explores the joys of music, the pain of American immigration post 9/11, the ennui of academia, and the thrill of falling in love with the "other."
... I started teaching today and the students seemed really cool. Some of my UF students seem to really be interested in theory. My SFCC students are cool, though I surprised how few high school students I have.
... I do not know what to think about the changes in Obama's economic plan. It seems like he is taking a little Reagan and mixing it with New Deal-ism. I guess the times are urgent enough to try everything. Hopefully it makes the economy grow enough in the next three years that he can then slightly raise taxes and we can work on the defecit. At that point some of his investments might pay off too. It would also be nice if the economy was growing enough to raise the cap on payroll taxes to tax up to 250,000 or 300,000 of income. (I think payroll taxes should be applied to all of your income, but lets take step-by-step.) One good thing about embracing tax cuts is that it makes it likely that a BUNCH of Repulicans will come on board and it is "sink or swim" for both parties. Plus, the compromise might help us get national health care and some kind of banking super-regulator as part of the deal.
... I cannot wait until Lost and Battlestar come back.
... Just seat the damn Senators already.
... Mad Men on Blu-Ray is amazing. I cannot wait until season 2 comes out on Blu-Ray too.