Day 42, 26 April 2020

Ssssst! The opera has started! Go and watch on the Met Opera website Rossini’s Cenerentola while you can (until Monday 6.30PM EST). It’s fabulous. I find it so easy to lose myself in the funny operas these days. Nothing quite Continue Reading …

Day 41, 25 April 2020

無 (nothing?) I have nothing much to write about today. Nothing often has negative connotations in English, but it needn’t be. Like its close cousin “empty”, nothing isn’t necessarily a bad thing: “nothing on the calendar” means space to fill Continue Reading …

Day 40, 24 April 2020

Milestone? Metaphor? Merino? Moorit?* Forty days, eh? Not sure what I make of that. Sometimes I find staring at my knitting very soothing. I lay it out to measure, and then find myself wondering about the time it took to Continue Reading …

Briefing April 24 (Fri.)

Good morning, historians of East Asia! Do you procrastinate? You’re not alone! While I am tempted by perfecting the art of productive procrastination (putting off one thing by doing another that also needs to be done), I think it is Continue Reading …

Day 39, 23 April 2020

Trust I hope my students trust me, when I say that I will somehow get them through the course. I think they do. Today and tomorrow’s sessions are entirely optional: if they have time and space in their heads, they Continue Reading …

Briefing April 23 (Thu.)

Good morning, historians of East Asia! Hang in there, we’re almost through with this semester! Remember to reach out if you need support! I followed my own good advice earlier this week, and I feel a ton better for knowing Continue Reading …

Day 38, 22 April 2020

Keeping vampires at bay I had another pretty scattered day, probably the fallout from the previous couple of days. Our writing bootcamp didn’t kick me into the right gear, and I ended up doing a 20 minute meditation in the Continue Reading …

Briefing April 22 (Wed.)

Good morning, historians of East Asia! Today I want to offer you a simple writing tip that will make your writing accessible in one (maybe two) easy step(s): add dates for dynasties, time periods, people you mention. Why? Even a Continue Reading …

Day 37, 21 April 2020

Banana-bread miracles Let’s just say the past twenty-four hours were a bit of a whirlwind. No, I did not suddenly find out how to make Q-time (Q for Quarantine) move faster; but it was about this time last night I Continue Reading …

Briefing April 21 (Tue)

Good morning historians of East Asia! I haven’t got much special to share with you, other than reminding you that college’s services to support your academic work remain available remotely. Writing Center: online appointments available, from brainstorming to proofreading and Continue Reading …