Research notes: Cite for Rushdie’s creolization quote; right-wing dog whistle du jour featuring assault on Rushdie

Two very different items popped up last night when I did a Google search on keywords Salman Rushdie and creolization. They are: A 2001 article on "Creolization and the Lessons of a Watergoddess in the Black Atlantic" by Alex van Stipriaan that cites a Rushdie quote: "Mélange, hotchpotch, a bit of this and a bit … Continue reading Research notes: Cite for Rushdie’s creolization quote; right-wing dog whistle du jour featuring assault on Rushdie

Sounding the alarm on CNN in Trump’s America: ‘Two inimical factions’ split along ‘racial and religious lines’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS2trMvo4aM Most of the time, CNN's weekend anchor Jim Acosta makes me break out in hives. I saw enough of his brand of performative journalism to last me a lifetime a long time ago, when the bigfoot TV reporters from Chicago would descend on the Illinois Statehouse at the end of the legislative session. But … Continue reading Sounding the alarm on CNN in Trump’s America: ‘Two inimical factions’ split along ‘racial and religious lines’

‘The word of God … does not sit on coffee tables’: An old English major’s reaction to a New Testament course for lay ministers

Byzantine-era synagogue at Capernaum, 2012 My inner child was an English major, and he's had a run of good luck lately. (I blogged about some of his other recent adventures HERE, reading a French postcolonial author, no less.) Well, my inner English major got lucky again Saturday morning at the first meeting of an adult … Continue reading ‘The word of God … does not sit on coffee tables’: An old English major’s reaction to a New Testament course for lay ministers

Archipelagos? Can a French postcolonial novelist’s creole metaphor help us head off a new Civil War?

Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Nov. 29, 1863. Wikimedia Commons) “The past is never dead. It's not even past.” ― William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun "[...] le monde entier s’archipélise et se créolise." Édouard Glissant Traité du Tout-Monde My inner child was an English major, but before that he majored in history. In fact, he got … Continue reading Archipelagos? Can a French postcolonial novelist’s creole metaphor help us head off a new Civil War?

Spiritual direction, August 2022

Editor’s note. Lightly edited copy of an email I sent to my spiritual director in advance of our monthly meeting for August. I email her every month, mostly to focus my mind before we meet, and I archive them here so I have a record of issues I’ve dealt with over time. Being able to consult them … Continue reading Spiritual direction, August 2022

Creolization: Jingoism v. jambalaya in France (with excerpts from my historical papers on the subject)

France 24, Feb. 15, 2022 Voilà! Turns out an obscure academic term I use in my historical writing got to be a political talking point in this year's French elections. The word is "creolization" (créolisation in French), and it's used by cultural anthropologists to describe the cultural blending in creole societies like those of the … Continue reading Creolization: Jingoism v. jambalaya in France (with excerpts from my historical papers on the subject)

Quotable (!) notes & quotes: Creolization

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELu_Nwblkgc Found when I was following up on an Imani Perry interview on the Washington Post website and Googled into a very quotable reference to créolité -- "The origins of everything American twist and shout their way through history." Shades of Chubby Checker! So I kept on reading. Turned out I had it in a … Continue reading Quotable (!) notes & quotes: Creolization

Imani Perry on history, Faulkner, ‘settler colonialism’ and the (Southern) soul of America

Notes from two interviews with Imani Perry. The first is about her new book South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation. The second, last year in the New York Review of Books, followed her review of a biography of Lorraine Hammond, author of Raisin in the Sun. … Continue reading Imani Perry on history, Faulkner, ‘settler colonialism’ and the (Southern) soul of America