Category Archives for reflecting

Being Wrong

Intermittently over the last year, I’ve found myself fumbling around an idea about critical temporalities. That is: ideas keep moving, keep developing, even after you’ve locked them down in print or pixels. You continue developing your own ideas, one hopes, … Continue reading

29 December 2013 by KF
Categories: reflecting

The Tree

I hunted through the cabinets where I’ve stored the old family photos to find this one this morning. It’s probably my favorite Christmas picture. There are so many things about this picture that I’m haunted by, my mother chief among … Continue reading

25 December 2013 by KF
Categories: family, reflecting

Tools and Values

I’ve been writing a bit about peer review and its potential futures of late, an essay that’s been solicited for a forthcoming edited volume. Needless to say, this is a subject I’ve spent a lot of time considering, between the … Continue reading

24 December 2013 by KF
Categories: publishing, reflecting

Engage. Disengage. Repeat.

I believe that I have caught myself just this side of a major case of burnout. If that sentence is an exaggeration, it’s not by much. A few friends who had the dubious pleasure of talking with me just after … Continue reading

20 October 2013 by KF
Categories: life, reflecting


I honestly don’t know what’s worse: that I never knew these lyrics at all until @Karnythia linked to them in the context of #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, or that I have not been able to shake the mouth-full-of-marbles version I’ve heard since childhood … Continue reading

14 August 2013 by KF
Categories: reflecting


I’ve had an on-and-off romance with running for nearly 20 years now. I came to it late; I hated running as a kid, and I avoided it as much as I could in high school. And given that on the … Continue reading

13 April 2013 by KF
Categories: reflecting, running


It’s not easy to write or talk about doubts. The things we have doubts about are often precisely those things that are most important, both to us and to those around us: a relationship, a job, a major life choice. … Continue reading

02 April 2013 by KF
Categories: reflecting, work

Productivity and Goofing Off

Lately I’ve found myself in one of those periods — perhaps we might refer to it as “my forties” — in which I’m so overwhelmed with the details involved in just keeping up with the most immediate and pressing tasks … Continue reading

22 February 2013 by KF
Categories: reflecting, writing

If You Can’t Say Anything Nice

Folks, we need to have a conversation. About Twitter. And generosity. And public shaming. First let me note that I have been as guilty of what I’m about to describe as anyone. You get irritated by something — something someone … Continue reading

25 January 2013 by KF
Categories: academia, reflecting, twitter

Warming Up

What happened? Last time I looked, it was the end of October, and I was having my more-or-less monthly freakout about the apparent acceleration of time. This freakout was particularly acute because of a really big, super important, and utterly … Continue reading

09 November 2012 by KF
Categories: reflecting, work

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