Microphone in a mic stand and stool on an otherwise empty stage.
Performance Art

Adventures in Comedy II: Story Time

[Note: this is the second part of a multi-part series. Read the first part here.] The first rule of stand-up–our teacher told us in our first class–is that it has to be true. Maybe not always literally or entirely true, but true on some deeper level. The job of the …

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Microphone in a mic stand and stool on an otherwise empty stage.
Performance Art

Adventures in Comedy, Part I

I’m technically a professional music historian, but I’ve been essentially unemployed since finishing my PhD thanks to the long and arduous process of landing an academic job (a process you can read all about over on School of Doubt). Finding myself with a very open schedule after moving to a new city, …

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A variety of heirloom tomatoes
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Lacklustre American Produce Matters

Hi there Labbers! While some of you network regulars may recognise me from School of Doubt, I’m very pleased to say that from now on I’ll be contributing to MAL as well. I thought for my first post I’d talk about something that is (literally) very close to my heart: food. …

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Detail from title page of J.S. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier
Mathmusic

SoD X-post: Wikipedia 1, U Chicago News Office 0

[This post originally appeared on School of Doubt. Read it there or catch the beginning below.] I was browsing my news feed today when I came across the following video, posted by the University of Chicago’s News Office.   Since I’m about to get very critical, let me first talk …

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Silhouette of Byzantine-style domes in Venice
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SoD Cross-Post: Infamy, Hagiography, and Resistance

The following was originally posted on School of Doubt. Read the whole thing there or catch the beginning below. Last week I went with a friend to see Hayao Miyazaki’s latest–and supposedly final–offering, “The Wind Rises” (review here for those interested). For those of you not familiar, the movie is …

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