Act II from MORE Tales from Inside a Child-Eating Vagina (Judges Ready?)

ACT II: Judges Ready? When I was in high school, I was captain of the drama club. Not theatre. Drama! Anger! Angst! But I was also in theatre and forensics, which are gateway drugs to drama. Ask your typical teenager, “What’s forensics?” and she’ll reply, “Crime scene investigation.” Ask the same question to a gay teen and she’ll squeal, “I love speech and debate! Last…

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Two Clips from “More Tales Inside a Child-Eating Vagina”

After finishing my first scholarly book Inside Reality TV I  returned to my roots: creative writing and performance. I’ve been working on a new, autobiographical one-person show called “MORE Tales from Inside a Child-Eating Vagina.” Two monologues comprise the script. The first focuses on the long-term implications of surviving child-sex abuse. The second connects my past participation in speech and debate to my father’s death. Both monologues…

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Finally, a 1-Word Title for an Academic Essay

Academic essays have notoriously long titles. The unspoken rule is that your title is something, colon, and then followed by something academic and “on the nose,” like “Dying to be Thin: An Ethnographic Exploration of Eating Disorders,” or, “My Father’s Keeper: A Rhetorical Investigation of Care-giving Narratives in Film.” Mind you, I just made those up. Play the game long enough and titles come to…

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Shitty Conference Presentations

I’ve discovered two fundamental truths about conference presentations. First, 80% of them suck. People show up under-prepared. Second, because so many people delivery shitty presentations, it’s easy to stand out from the crowd and make a strong impression by preparing. A conference presentation is an excellent way to sell yourself and your scholarship. Presentations aren’t papers. Alter the content of your arguments to better reflect…

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Best & Worst

Please stop: …using speaker phones to talk in public places. …throwing large medicine balls against the floor at the gym. There are better, less annoying ways to train than balls slams. …dancing in jam-packed bars with no dance floors. Everyone around you is holding a drink. Notes: True story: Two nights ago, I had a dream I lost my job and the only position I…

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