notes on translation & faith

As you may know, I’m currently working on my dissertation project, the first English translation of the collected writings of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón. I’ve decided to trick myself into drafting it by conceiving of it as an especially long series of newsletters. To that end, if you’d like to follow my progress, you canContinue reading “notes on translation & faith”

Strategic Inefficiency

This is one version of strategic inefficiency: how some are relieved from doing the work that would slow their progression. And, of course, others then inherit that work. That some people end up being given more administrative work because they are more efficient might seem so obvious that it does not need to be said.Continue reading “Strategic Inefficiency”

Building Ourselves Up to Build Things

you know when you’re trying to make a thing on the internet, and the platform you’re using is free so you can’t complain, but the very simple thing you want isn’t built in so you groan and click “source” to examine the HTML only to see endless <span> and <div> tags that are out toContinue reading “Building Ourselves Up to Build Things”

Cartas de América #20: so a white woman walks into a seminar on black radicalism

It’s very easy, for those of us in positions of privilege, to get overwhelmed by this barrage of new information, get scared that we’ll get it wrong, and walk away unchanged. It’s harder to dive in at precisely the points we suspect we’re wrong about. What I am in fact describing is the process ofContinue reading “Cartas de América #20: so a white woman walks into a seminar on black radicalism”

it’s not just work

Last year I wrote a piece called “It’s just work” about how I manage grad school and its tendency to expand to fill all my time. I was reminded of that piece recently after a conversation I had with a Dominican priest, who remarked that one of the ways religious life works is that itContinue reading “it’s not just work”

Cartas de América #16: five lessons from grad school

Two (academic) years ago, I was given a list of books and told to prepare for a week of written exams followed by an oral exam sometime in spring 2018. In the meantime, I was tasked with passing 10 classes, teaching 6 others, writing a mess of term papers and projects, and attempting to buildContinue reading “Cartas de América #16: five lessons from grad school”

Cartas de América #15: if you want slavery abolished, you gotta do it yourself

Earlier this year, I told you about a project I’m working on for which the working title is Repent! (And Have It Notarized.) C’mon, that’s a way better dissertation title than “‘Ni un sólo maravedí que suyo sea’: the theology of restitution in New Spain,” right? Anyway, here’s a quick refresher: in 1552, Bartolomé deContinue reading “Cartas de América #15: if you want slavery abolished, you gotta do it yourself”