Writer, historian, fencing teacher, and jouster. Account for blatant self-promotion only.

Northampton, MA
Joined June 2022
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In @Postopinions, @GeorgeWill attacked my Tweet to @AHAhistorians on J. Sweet's column being dangerous because it's against "social justice." Of course, he did it in his usual lazy polemical fashion without mentioning my critique of the "neoliberal university." #medievaltwitter
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The problem I have with Black elves is that Tolkien was a freaking racist who equated white skin with beauty and nobility and dark complexions with evil and corruption. Screw the unreadable Silmarillion; make The Last Ringbearer into a series. tinyurl.com/5x7km9vx
"Or, I could just not talk to anyone." —my girlfriend
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Y’all do realize that you’re not “paying” for #studentloanforgiveness, right? It’s basically money the government printed and handed out. If they zero the ledger, it’s not taking anything. It adds to the deficit, but we’ve been deficit-spending since Dubbya.
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Me: "So you all think I'm a bad person for having my unbearable loans for my medieval history PhD forgiven?" Reaction from my social media followers: "Worthless degree. Shoulda learned to code." Me: "You're all medieval reenactors..." #medievaltwitter #studentloanforgiveness
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I have more student loans for this useless PhD in medieval history than I will ever be able to pay off. Your proposals for what should be done with me (salt mines? teach public school in Appalachia/Detroit? prison?) instead of forgiveness are welcomed. #studentloanforgiveness
Remember, there's no such thing as an able-bodied person. There's just people who aren't currently experiencing a disability.
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(4/4) Finally, it is risky because, continuing on my second point above, he comes off as a detractor of the 1619 Project and similar initiatives, and, thus, as against social justice. In the neoliberal university, this weakens the historical profession's standing even more.
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(3/4) He is mistaken, because the questions we ask of our sources, and our interpretation will always be overshadowed by our own biases. Likewise, we write for an audience, and our ideas gain currency only if they reflect current pieties. #historians #medievaltwitter #History
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