- It gave me an excuse to teach Ann Leckie, Tobias S. Buckell, and Star Wars.
- The course was marked as "American literature," so I had to stick with U.S.-American writers. I snuck some other stuff in, though.
- It was a subject that I particularly loved (but, as I discovered, which scholars had largely ignored up to that point).
One such exercise occurred last Sunday when I went with a friend to see Ant-Man, the last entry in Marvel Studio's Phase 2. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if I can muster the words to say something intelligent about the film, I'll write a review for Totally Pretentious. Discussing the film on Twitter eventually prompted a brief discussion with David Annandale and John Stevens about the impact of "academic brain" on one's ability to enjoy a creative product. Read More