Sports and Concussions

In the past week, we had a great discussion on In Media Res on concussions in sports. My piece was up on Friday, entitled “Smashed in the Head with a Sledgehammer” (subtle, huh?). Please take a read a leave a comment or two on the pieces there in the last week. Whether you plat a sport, have kids who do, or just like to watch on television, there’s lots there worth reading.


Panel for 2012 NeMLA Conference in Rochester

If you’re interested in the work of Jennifer Egan, intellectually invested in contemporary fiction, and/or engaged in studying the role/representation of technology in fiction, perhaps you’d like to send me an abstract?

PANEL: Jennifer Egan, Contemporary Fiction, and the Digital Age

This panel looks to examine the work of NeMLA 2012 Keynote Speaker Jennifer Egan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and other accolades for ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad,’ in relation to that of other contemporary writers. Of special interest will be papers that explore the work of Egan and others in the context of the Digital Age, the role of experimentation in contemporary fiction, and the interplay of technology and the self in contemporary fiction. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Stephen Brauer at by 9/15/11.

For more on NeMLA’s conference next Spring, see