Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Way to Survive: Some Autobiographical Reflections on Labor and Country Music

Playing around with an autobiographical preface for my dissertation prospectus. Crazy? Probably. Several years ago, I found myself living in central Texas. During my time there, I began the complicated process of shifting my intellectual energies from music to history. I also began to take advantage of one of Austin’s unique features, its status as […]

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Oedipus at Hofstra

(Much of this post was written before the final presidential debate in Boca Raton on October 22. I didn’t publish it because I wanted to see how the story would change in light of the showdown at Lynn University; as it turned out, the penultimate debate had a special kind of eventicity that could not […]

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Streisanding: on Creepshots, Gender Politics, and the Law, Part 1

Yesterday I learned a new word, via the invaluable efforts of internet archaeologist Katie Notopolous: “streisanding.” The verbification of Barbra is apparently several years old: Streisand’s attempts to prevent photos of her home from being published resulted in the widespread dissemination of photos of her home. Since then, “to streisand” has meant to invite the […]

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Dissertation Prospectus: Phase Ones

Okay, for those who appreciate such things (me), a record, for posterity, of the first draft of my dissertation prospectus: it crunches and repurposes a variety of ideas and text from previous dissertation-related posts here. The chapter outline, which I hope is the final section of this thing, is still rough, so is un-appended. P.S.: […]

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Let’s All Write a Dissertation, Part 5.a.

Although I have lost or forgotten (or never learned in the first place) most of the habits of thought associated with the religion of my  parents, I have retained the notion that one should be able to say what one thinks while standing on one foot. In any event, the specific agenda of a given […]

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Kickstopper, Part 2: Or, On The Something Theory of Something

These thoughts came to mind as I composed the last post. Not sure why. But I figured it might be interesting to throw them up here, particularly because they circle the question of the labor theory of value, which is a topic that I sense I will be wresting with over the coming days. *** […]

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Kickstopper: On Amanda Palmer and Cultural Labor, Part 1

Now safely out of the blog/twitter news cycle, the dustup surrounding Amanda Palmer’s call for musically-inclined fans to join her onstage as unpaid accompanists remains interesting. Most intriguing to me was the fact that much of the coverage of the Palmer fiasco seemed curiously detached from the labor history of popular music. That’s puzzling, because Palmer’s […]

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