Tag: text

Is writing composition or improvisation?

eli , September 15th, 2016

In my corner of the academy, one isn’t really taught much about writing. One is taught constantly to produce texts and to judge texts, but that isn’t the same thing, because writing is…


Notes on the 12th digital ethnography reading (Lane 2016)

John Postill , July 30th, 2016

Lane, J. (2016). The Digital Street: An Ethnographic Study of Networked Street Life in Harlem. American Behavioral Scientist, 60(1), 43-58. doi: 10.1177/0002764215601711 Notes by Jolynna Sinanan Digit…


Style, bad prose, and Corey Robin’s theory of public intellectuals

eli , July 1st, 2016

Ten years ago, before I started doing research in France, I wrote my MA thesis about the politics of “bad writing” in the American humanities. Empirically, my major…


Affiliation is power (without irony)

eli , May 27th, 2016

As many of my readers probably know, the big controversy in my field this year (in American cultural anthropology) has been about a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions, essentially…


Reading as caching

eli , March 4th, 2016

When you spend a few years writing code, the principles of programming can start to spill over into other parts of your life. Programming has so many of…


What editing is

eli , August 20th, 2013

Editing is a lot of things, but one of them is an endless series of minor improvements in phrasing. While I was in the field, I often wished…