Asylum

A few weeks ago, I stepped off the metro at Glacière in Paris’s 14th arrondisement and walked into Sainte Anne’s hospital, where I had spent the better part of my fieldwork last year. It felt good to be back in a psychiatric hospital as an observer, not a patient. Walking through the gate was just… Continue reading Asylum

Fame

  Although I haven’t quite crested the New York Times bestseller’s list, I’ve been quite pleased to have been contacted by a few outlets to talk about my new book: What’s in the Dumpster (Tiny Spark) How to Fix All That Food Waste (Good Magazine) Freeganism: Food Waste’s First Wave (The New Food Economy) Freegans… Continue reading Fame

Keep It Contentious

(Cross posted – and better formated! – at the Berkeley Journal of Sociology) If BlackLivesMatter matters, it will be thanks partly its disruptive tactics The #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) movement has been making headlines, but not necessarily friends. When BLM protesters stormed the stage at rallies for Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in August 2015, commenters lamented… Continue reading Keep It Contentious

Reflections on Teaching, III: Untitled

I think that—somewhere nestled between “paying for another year of graduate school” and “distracting me from my dissertation”—most TAs optimistically see their function as, on some level, “helping” their students. If you asked me what that meant nine months ago, when I started teaching, I probably would have answered that my “help” would come in… Continue reading Reflections on Teaching, III: Untitled