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Upcoming Mark Twain Lecture

Here are final details on my upcoming presentation at Elmira College’s “Trouble Begins” Mark Twain Lecture Series: “Mark Twain and the Inventor Fiction Boom: Technology Meets American Conceit, 1876-1910” Wednesday, October 11 at The Barn at Quarry Farm Elmira, NY … Continue reading

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New Doctor Who is a Woman (and Still Kinda Bowie)

Kudos to David Llewellyn who immediately noted the similarity between Jodie Whittaker in the promo for her new Doctor Who and the cover of David Bowie’s Low.  His tweet was picked up by NME earlier last week. I’ve blogged about … Continue reading

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Summer Poetry Class on “Love and Desire”

Starting in August, I’ll be teaching a section for UC Davis’ English Department. The class is called “Love and Desire in Contemporary Poetry” (a regularly offered course at UCD). My reading list: Collected Poems, 1947-1997, Allen Ginsberg The Dream of … Continue reading

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Updated Summer Schedule

This June, I’m going to be at the Campbell Conference at the University of Kansas and at the SFRA Conference at UC Riverside. I’ll be teaching the first half of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction’s Summer Institute from … Continue reading

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Dr. Who Novelty Songs

Verity Podcast recently devoted an entire show to novelty songs about Doctor Who. As I’ve mentioned before, I think novelty songs don’t get enough credit.  There’s an art to writing something funny and unique that references multiple cultural objects in an … Continue reading

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The Monks and that iPhone Sticker Ad

In regular rotation during the March Madness NCAA Tournament, there’s an ad for iPhone’s sticker feature.  Apparently, people are asking about the bouncy , 60s garage-rock song featured in it.  The song is “Boys are Boys and Girls are Choice” by … Continue reading

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I Sold My Academic Book

So here’s the big announcement: last week, I signed a contract with University of Alabama Press to publish my non-fiction book on 19th-century fiction and technology.  It will likely be out in 2018. Its tentative title is Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, … Continue reading

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