I am an associate professor at a mid-sized midwestern university. My husband, PJ, is also a professor.

This blog is mostly meant to fill in for my memory — what I think about the places I visit, movies I see, music I hear, etc. I’ve taken the title from my favorite poem by John Wilmot, earl of Rochester:

Leave this gaudy, gilded stage
From custom more than use frequented
Where fools of either sex and age
Crowd to see themselves presented.
To love’s theater, the bed,
Youth and beauty flee together
And act so well it may be said
The Laurel there was due to neither.
Twixt stifes of Love and War the difference lies in this:
When neither overcomes, Love’s triumph greater is.

The world is a gaudy, gilded stage; in this blog I write what I think about it.