Matter Notes:

Karen Michalson
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Matter Notes: A lawyer's private notes on a legal matter; considered inviolate and nondisclosable. By metaphor and game, my occasional blog posts on the war on the humanities, the corporatization of higher education, fiction writing, publishing, and the current state of culture and society. In both cases, a form of work product.


Recommended Article: Scott Samuelson’s “Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers”

Recommended:  Scott Samuelson’s recent piece in The Atlantic, “Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers” (Thanks to fellow writer Matthew Graybosch for sending me the link.) The humanities do matter to real people.  Profoundly.  Samuelson writes about teaching philosophy to students experiencing personal tragedy: A mother who’d authorized for her crippled son a risky surgery that […]

2013 Guest Post

I haven’t posted here in a few weeks, but I did write a guest post on my Enemy Glory series for the speculative fiction website  Risingshadow has a facebook page. It also has tens of thousands of books in its database, and the folks who maintain it are truly passionate about sharing information with […]


Why I Plan to Read a Book about Capitalist Fiction

I haven’t read Edward Younkins’s newest book, Exploring Capitalist Fiction: Business Through Literature and Film.  It gets released on October 15. But I am acquainted with Dr. Younkins.  (More on that later).  He is a professor of Accountancy and Business Administration in the Department of Business and Technology at Wheeling Jesuit University.  He founded WJU’s […]