Is it really gone? Can it be? So it seems. Oy, it hurts. I’ve developed a recent fascination with the decaying landscape of the Jewish resorts in the Catskills. My fascination really began when I found out that The Homowack–the orthodox Jewish hotel I went to growing up for Pesach and Sukkos and where my […]

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but here’s a little outline of the current chapter I’m working on. Picking a room in the library with a whiteboard and sharpies to aid me as I write has been super useful. I’m finding the board helps me keep in mind the bigger picture of […]

Anna Ziegler’s play, “Photograph 51,” named after the famed (or not as famed as it should be) X-ray photograph Rosalind Crick snapped of DNA, opens with a fictional Crick talking to her former husband: “You know what the atmosphere was like in the lab? We made the invisible visible. We could see atom, not only […]

Many of you teaching at the university level are encountering “Generation Z,” those Post-Millennials, whose technological coming-of-age is one that is characteristically digital. As a Millenial myself, it’s sometimes difficult for me to gauge what their interests are. I’m equally perplexed by what pop culture references of ours overlap, who is “cool” now, and what […]

I’ve made some headway on designing a syllabus for my course American Literature’s Spirits. It’s still in its beginning stages so any/all feedback is, as always, very much appreciated. Here you go: “American Literature’s Spirits” Course Description American literature has a thing for ghosts. Think of Edgar Allan Poe’s lady ghosts and all that ghost […]

It’s become pretty apparent to me that my exploration of both 19th and 20th century photographic processes is informing the way I think and write about visual culture. I’m spending hours this semester developing and printing my own film (hello 20th-century analogue photographic techniques) and I’m starting to feel like I’m theorizing with and through […]

Just finished an intensive two-day workshop on wet-collodion photography,taught by photographer Lisa Elmaleh, at the Center for Alternative Photography. This experience has definitely changed the way I think about writing on photography. I’ll devote more writing to this later, but for now here is a self-portrait ambrotype entitled “Chana Leah Schpinna, Russian-Jewish Immigrant:”