Our skulls are smiling still. #PlagueSongs, no. 38 AND my Best of 2021 music playlist

Since They Might Be Giants Are my favorite band and have several songs suitable for the Corona Era, you’d think I would have performed one of their tunes for this series before now. But I haven’t. Here’s my “Happy New Year 2022” plague song — “By the Time You Get This,” from the band’s I Like…

“With Pleasant Swab in the Anterior Nasal Region”; or, Traveling in Europe During Omicron

In the Before Times, I often travelled internationally. But I have not left the United States in over two years. Until last week. For the December holidays, my sister invited me to visit her, my brother-in-law, and niece in Switzerland — where they live. Since I no longer take international travel for granted, I decided to…

Children’s Literature, Comics/Graphic Novels, and Childhood Studies at MLA 2022

Here are all of the Children’s Literature and Comics/Graphic Novels sessions at the 2022 MLA, held this year in person in Washington, DC! Some of the conference will also be held on-line at [insert your location here]! I plan to be there in person, which will be my very first in-person conference or invited talk…

I remember when you were here. #PlagueSongs, no. 37 AND Seven Xmas Playlists

Welcome to your second pandemic Christmas (or Solstice or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate)! Since you and I and the plague are still here, I’m doing a holiday installment of my ongoing PlagueSongs series AND sharing seven — that’s right, SEVEN! — playlists of mostly secular seasonal music. Enjoy! Let’s start with the song, written by…