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My self-summary
I grew up in New Orleans, lived in the Midwest for a while, and now I'm here.

I teach college freshmen how to write, even though there really is no such thing, and I study how to teach them to do it, as much as that is possible. I happen to like college freshmen quite a bit. They're lovely people. I pretty much have the best job in the world.

I used to do creative writing, and we won't get into that right now because I'm pretty sure you don't want to have to read a rant.

I once lived in a house with a couple of veterinary students, and pet-wise it was a crazy house with like 5 cats and 2 dogs. Sometimes I still miss it.

Back in the days of yore, OKCupid told me I was more "radcliffy" than most. I took it as a compliment, though I didn't agree. You should see my desk, for example. I suspect it all had something to do with the fact that I went to a snooty prep school. Except for the fact that I curse like a sailor, I have perfect manners. Again, prep school.

I'm more interested in questions than answers, and in starting
points and processes than end points and results. Life is situated and emergent, and while I recognize that limits and boundaries are necessary, I think we shouldn't let them overdetermine who we are and what we're in the constant process of becoming.

In related news, Descartes and Plato can totally kiss my ass.
What I’m doing with my life
Besides roller derby?
I’m really good at
Being the Pips when "Midnight Train to Georgia" comes on the radio. I suppose this should probably go under "The Most Private Thing I'm Willing to Admit."

When they used to have the Psychologist Game on this site, I learned that I'm really, really good at spotting misogynists, tax cheats, and people who do blow. I mean, like really good.

Also, I'm pretty good at Scrabble.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know, glasses?
Six things I could never do without
books, a comfy bed, friends, roller skates and two other things. Maybe I'll let you pick them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The fact that I never seem to be as thirsty as pretty much everyone else. Actually, this one might be subject to change. Living in the desert has made me quite thirsty.

Feminist and digital pedagogy, the racial and gendered politics of taste and literacy, situated and emergent literacy practices.

How a lot of writing education seems more to be designed for making writing--and therefore an important form of political agency--more inaccessible than it claims.

The fact that lots and lots of people have chosen to write with a device that was designed for talking, to the point where we've totally redesigned the devices around writing. It's kind of amazing and wonderful.

Why so many student writers say "males" and "females" instead of "men" and "women."

If OKC can *actually* tell if someone is organized or not.

Roller derby, ice cream and other fun stuff that is unrelated to work. Promise.
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually at home. Movies, internet, kitties.

Alternately, I might be out at a happy hour or movie with friends. Apparently, I really like movies. I'm a homebody by default, but it really doesn't take much convincing for me to not be one, by which I mean, all you have to do is ask and I'm far more likely than not to say yes.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sometimes do housework in roller skates.
You should message me if
If you've read this far, you should just go ahead and do it. But if you want more reasons (as opposed to criteria), here you go:

You want to go snowboarding some time. Or roller skating.

You don't mind the fact that I say "totally" a lot. This happens, incidentally, more in print than in speech, but may explain why keeping ongoing penpal thingies is really difficult for me. But I promise it'll totally be easy with you. Which I can now say with confidence since I actually have a really awesome penpal I met on this site, but I'm still leaving that first part because I think I'm funny.

You want to have a friendly debate/discussion about feminism over delicious food and snooty beer or not so snooty wine.

Or otherwise if you think I might be time-kill worthy. New friends are always a plus. I so am, by the way. References available upon request.
The two of us