Category Archives for writing

Getting Back to (My Own) Work

One would think, this many years and books and articles into a writing career, that I might have solved the getting-started problem by now. Or if not the getting-started problem, then at least the keeping-going problem. Not so much, though. … Continue reading

20 June 2013 by KF
Categories: work, writing


Thanks to Matt Kirschenbaum’s English 668K at the University of Maryland, I have been alerted to the fact that searching for me on JSTOR brings up my very first publication, “Cheese.” Honest to goodness, I’d completely forgotten about this. “Cheese” … Continue reading

25 April 2013 by KF
Categories: writing

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

Feeling My Way Through

I find myself at one of those moments at which everything is great and yet nothing seems to be working exactly right. I’ve got an enormous deadline just ahead — not, alas, the “boy, I’m going to blow that deadline … Continue reading

10 December 2012 by KF
Categories: life, work, writing

Making Room

I’ve just gotten back from a trip (about which, as I said on Twitter, I hope to be able to write soon) to find it pretty solidly fall around here. Less weather-wise, though there is the beginning of a little … Continue reading

12 September 2012 by KF
Categories: reflecting, writing


I find myself in that state again, in which I have a particular writing task — in this case a talk — with a pressing deadline, one that’s pressing enough that I really need to be working on it whenever … Continue reading

30 August 2012 by KF
Categories: pondering, writing

Train of Thought

The funniest part of yesterday’s post — at least it’s funny to me — is how it got written: on my iPhone, on the subway. I remembered yesterday that, back when I started posting here semi-regularly again in the early … Continue reading

22 August 2012 by KF
Categories: pondering, writing

Last Season, on Planned Obsolescence

One key problem with the blog as a platform for serial scholarship is that it’s much too easy to find yourself interrupted, to lose a train of thought. Then again, this is a key problem with having a day job … Continue reading

21 August 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, writing

Elbow, Wrist, Fingers, Pen, Words

I’m at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute Annual Symposium today, which has been fascinating all the way around. Perhaps the most amazing part of the day, however, was a writing workshop with Peter Elbow. Peter Elbow! Who started the … Continue reading

01 June 2012 by KF
Categories: reflecting, writing


Collin published a fantastic post yesterday thinking through, among other things, love, writing, Roland Barthes, Etsy, and Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo. He’s had reasons for having fallen out of the blogging routine of late, reasons that are quite different from mine, … Continue reading

29 May 2012 by KF
Categories: blogging, writing

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