2019 05 01 tweets

Replying to @msbonn

Hey, congratulations! Fabulous news.

Thu May 02 17:07:34 +0000 2019

Replying to @tcarmody and @AmazonChron

I hope your recovery is speedy and successful, Tim!

Thu May 02 21:42:20 +0000 2019

I switched a while back due to a chronic neck and shoulder problem. Worked like a charm. Bonus: I’m more stable in the icy months. https://twitter.com/amandaemcgowan/status/1124300478639218689

Sat May 04 23:18:08 +0000 2019

I coveted Sarah’s and got the smaller one myself. I recently gave it to a friend when I got this one as a gift: https://www.sfbags.com/collections/laptop-backpacks/products/sutter-slim-backpack https://twitter.com/wynkenhimself/status/1124819746795458560

Sat May 04 23:41:25 +0000 2019

Replying to @wynkenhimself

It’s still super compact but just a hair bigger, and I like the pocket arrangement a lot.

Sat May 04 23:54:50 +0000 2019

RT @notapipepodcast: Rupert's pretty excited about my upcoming interview with @kfitz about her @JHUPress book Generous Thinking for @notapi…

Sun May 05 18:08:01 +0000 2019

Indeed. So much of what I’ve done, both at the MLA and now at MSU, has been shaped and fostered by @djw0952’s guidance. Humanities Commons owes its existence and its success to his support; Don, we are forever in your debt! @humcommons https://twitter.com/nowviskie/status/1126299373829283840

Thu May 09 11:08:29 +0000 2019

RT @QueenLizzyKing: Here’s to a summer reading what I want, when I want. There’ll be sappy novels, thought provoking peer-reviewed articles…

Thu May 09 11:21:00 +0000 2019

Replying to @CJ_Daugherty

They are the MOST adorable!

Fri May 10 12:21:30 +0000 2019

Thank you, Ada! I am delighted to hear. Please do let me know how your group reading goes! https://twitter.com/adaemmett/status/1126951659681267713

Fri May 10 21:34:19 +0000 2019

RT @SheilaABrennan: My co-authors: @sharonmleon @magpie @jannellelegg @jimsafley https://twitter.com/humcommons/status/1127262109312614401

Sat May 11 21:05:30 +0000 2019

RT @kmapesy: .@goingpostale pointing out that the way we do critique in the humanities is often very harmful --> making me think about @kfi…

Sun May 12 14:57:17 +0000 2019

Back on our conversation about pertinent differences among languages on Duolingo, @wynkenhimself, I’ve started playing with baby Italian…

Sun May 12 19:05:50 +0000 2019

Replying to @wynkenhimself

and I was just given, in rapid succession, the sentences “How does an animal die?” and “I don’t want to die.” I’ve never gotten those elsewhere — not even in German!

Sun May 12 19:06:08 +0000 2019

Attempting to get myself into a summer-work frame of mind: https://kfitz.info/summer-2019/

Mon May 13 11:23:07 +0000 2019

So happy that #MSUDH has been part of such strong library-based collaborations! @msulibraries @CALMSU https://twitter.com/kmapesy/status/1127955756500832256

Mon May 13 15:25:41 +0000 2019

Replying to @CJ_Daugherty, @MinotaurBooks and @agentmilburn

OMG that is freaking GORGEOUS and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT.

Mon May 13 19:19:03 +0000 2019

Replying to @electricarchaeo and @ArchaeologistSP

Oh, that is an exciting connection. I’ll have to look for more!

Mon May 13 20:10:43 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

Hugely excited about the launch of the new @ReligiousSounds website \(a collaboration of OSU and MSU\). Big congrats, @ADeRogatis and @isaacweiner27! #MSUDH https://twitter.com/ReligiousSounds/status/1128755435350007808

Thu May 16 19:27:58 +0000 2019

RT @ReligiousSounds: The American Religious Sounds Project was featured in Tricycle this morning:


Fri May 17 15:07:02 +0000 2019

Replying to @annehelen

Well, thank GOODNESS this guy doesn’t send harassing emails.

Fri May 17 15:47:36 +0000 2019

We owe @georgeotte an enormous debt! https://twitter.com/mkgold/status/1129586119761440768

Sat May 18 10:31:52 +0000 2019

RT @chadhflinn: “None of this is to say that scholars shouldn’t be critical of one another’s work. It is however to suggest that the motive…

Sun May 19 16:36:14 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

I am so, so grateful to hear a response like this! Thank you for reading, @abbylgoode, and thank you for letting me know. https://twitter.com/abbylgoode/status/1130274137560240128

Mon May 20 05:28:47 +0000 2019

RT @DanicaSavonick: I wrote a thing on Teaching Public Writing in the Grad Seminar. Shoutouts to @CathyNDavidson @cnewf @katinalynn @g3rrit…

Mon May 20 14:44:59 +0000 2019

I grew up in southeastern Baton Rouge. I haven’t been able to find a map that will tell me if our neighborhood fell in “St. George” or not. Either way, I’m horrified by what is only the latest scheme to defund BTR public schools and reinstate segregation. https://twitter.com/beccarosen/status/1130478240542461952

Mon May 20 16:03:44 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

I was in high school there during the first wave, post-consent decree, when white flight took the form of a few magnet schools \(which I attended, and which were integrated, but which did not look like the city\) and a massive proliferation of parochial and private schools.

Mon May 20 16:06:04 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

And the effect of that was the withdrawal of white electoral support for tax/bond issues funding public schools. Why would we pay for public schools, they said; we’re paying to send our kids to private schools.

Mon May 20 16:08:54 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

Shockingly, the school system went into a significant decline. Teachers were underpaid and under supported, facilities fell apart, and the school to prison pipeline took root.

Mon May 20 16:10:56 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

So secession is not new here. This is just the newest tactic by which an overwhelmingly white middle class refuses responsibility for the municipality as a whole.

Mon May 20 16:13:01 +0000 2019

Replying to @helleaux_newman


Mon May 20 18:02:39 +0000 2019

Replying to @pmhswe

Oh, I’m so glad you’re reading it! It’s such an important argument.

Mon May 20 18:26:14 +0000 2019

Replying to @pmhswe

Oh excellent! I’ll look forward to hearing about your keynote.

Mon May 20 18:36:23 +0000 2019

I need some advice, colleagues, especially from senior academics with a strong commitment to service to the field.

Tue May 21 11:48:12 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

In any given season — the three months of summer, say — how many tenure and promotion cases would you agree to serve as an outside evaluator for?

Tue May 21 11:49:28 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

Now, say you’ve already committed to adjudicate a prize during those same three months, a process that involves reading and evaluating five books. Now how many T&P cases would you say yes to?

Tue May 21 11:50:47 +0000 2019

Replying to @ehayot

Oof, that’s a lot!

Tue May 21 11:55:10 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

The early responses are leaning heavily toward one, maybe two. Which is where I think I am gravitating, given my desire \(a\) to do a good job of the reviews I agree to, and \(b\) to actually get some research done this summer, too.

Tue May 21 12:01:57 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

Now, another question: say you have two requests to review the dossiers of two equally extraordinary scholars, one going up for tenure and one going up for full. You have room to say yes to one of them, but no more.

Tue May 21 12:03:56 +0000 2019

Replying to @billhd

Mmmm, interesting!

Tue May 21 12:05:35 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

The tenure case has a far greater potential impact, of course. But say you’re in a field with very few fulls available to review at rank...?

Tue May 21 12:07:06 +0000 2019

Replying to @billhd

That is the most dismaying thing. I hate that more than I can say!

Tue May 21 12:08:05 +0000 2019

Replying to @DeverJustice

If only the timing of the requests were otherwise...

Tue May 21 12:11:01 +0000 2019

Replying to @jmittell

That’s where my thinking is, more or less. \(There are not a lot of fulls\. I wish it were otherwise\.\)

Tue May 21 12:13:29 +0000 2019

Replying to @ProfMSCaballero

It does make a difference, absolutely. My subfield has few fulls at all, and VERY few women fulls. And helping support one who might join me there seems like a Very Good Thing.

Tue May 21 12:23:39 +0000 2019

Replying to @NicoleWallack

Hmmm. That’s a good criterion. Personally, I think they’re both shoo-ins, but I’ll think about that a bit.

Tue May 21 12:39:17 +0000 2019

Replying to @SheilaABrennan

Yep. I would love to chat with you about this as well. It’s enormously important, and time-consuming, and hard to do well. And hard to find a balanced approach to if you really care about building academic community.

Tue May 21 13:23:54 +0000 2019

Watching on the edges of my timeline the all-too-frequent debates about whether “y’all” is singular or plural. Y’all, it’s plural.

Tue May 21 17:23:22 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

“All y’all,” while of course also plural, is not a simple plural. It’s the plural emphatic, and can be roughly translated as “each and every last one of you.”

Tue May 21 17:25:32 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

Like hearing your full name called out by your mother, getting all y’alled is almost never a good sign.

Tue May 21 17:27:13 +0000 2019

Replying to @DeanJimBerg

It sometimes seems to be, but is often a covert “you and yours.”

Tue May 21 17:28:52 +0000 2019

Replying to @markcmarino


Tue May 21 17:31:40 +0000 2019

Replying to @Brian_Eastwood

There’s a Venn diagram in that.

Tue May 21 17:32:04 +0000 2019

Exactly. https://twitter.com/treygraham/status/1130888900925362177

Tue May 21 17:32:47 +0000 2019

Replying to @CMcclinch

Whoa, you’re right. Still emphatic, but not necessarily about to open a can of whoop-ass.

Tue May 21 17:41:09 +0000 2019

Replying to @Ceter1sPar1bus

Yup. On both counts, alas.

Tue May 21 17:41:46 +0000 2019

Replying to @dexterauthor

Dang. That’s great. By any chance did this problem begin with black flashes horizontally across the screen? My late 2016 has those and they’re driving me crazy.

Tue May 21 18:00:42 +0000 2019

Replying to @dexterauthor

Oof. That does not sound good. I’m glad the program is there for you!

Tue May 21 18:09:41 +0000 2019

Replying to @advancedgenius and @Ceter1sPar1bus

I’d argue that’s still plural: you, the person in front of me, and the implied others of the group to which you belong, even if they’re not at the table. The only times I ever heard y’all as a singular — in 20+ years in south Louisiana — was as a performance of cute Suthern.

Tue May 21 18:29:05 +0000 2019

RT @aupresses: Mark Saunders, Director of @uvapress, was an extraordinary publisher, an innovative leader in the Association, a wise adviso…

Tue May 21 18:30:26 +0000 2019

This is a shocking loss. He disagreed with me about a lot — and each and every time it made me stop and question what I was arguing. He was indeed an extraordinary publisher. https://twitter.com/aupresses/status/1130902490856251393

Tue May 21 18:32:18 +0000 2019

Replying to @advancedgenius and @Ceter1sPar1bus

Amen to that!

Tue May 21 18:37:02 +0000 2019

Okay this whole story has totally made my whole week. I love all y’all. https://twitter.com/ashleyn1cole/status/1130893530048618496

Tue May 21 19:30:42 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

\(Another small exception to the “all y’all” comes with a ready to open can of whoop\-ass rule\.\)

Tue May 21 19:31:43 +0000 2019

And yes, I definitely want to go back and edit one of the wholes out of that tweet, dang it.

Tue May 21 19:32:23 +0000 2019

Replying to @stephharves


Wed May 22 04:34:44 +0000 2019

RT @chadhflinn: Just when I thought #generousthinking could not get any better @kfitz pulls out a Krista Tippet quote. @kristatippett. This…

Wed May 22 04:55:59 +0000 2019

Replying to @pj_webster

Thank you so much for the kind note! I’ll look forward to hearing more about your book.

Wed May 22 11:12:26 +0000 2019

Replying to @pj_webster

I love it. Thanks for sending the link; I’ll look forward to reading more!

Wed May 22 11:57:46 +0000 2019

Replying to @tcarmody

Sending you all good thoughts for speedy healing!

Wed May 22 13:02:45 +0000 2019

RT @knupsky: #generousthinking by @kfitz asks what might be possible if "our critical thinking practices eschewed competition and were inst…

Wed May 22 15:54:21 +0000 2019

RT @triproftri: For the morning crowd: My final installment for @eCampusSJSU blogging: on @kfitz *Generous Thinking*, @BerondaM mentoring,…

Wed May 22 15:55:08 +0000 2019

You know what would be awesome? If we could collectively recognize that what used to be an Important Industry Paper is now using us in an enormous click-bait version of the Hunger Games, and maybe refuse to play along.

Wed May 22 16:49:37 +0000 2019

Replying to @kfitz

There are so many more important targets of our well-honed critiques than one another. And it is certainly not serving our collective good when we go after one another, egged on by those without our interests even remotely at heart.

Wed May 22 16:52:01 +0000 2019

Replying to @LibSkrat

A good idea. #thatpaper would at least keep us from feeding the beast.

Wed May 22 16:57:13 +0000 2019

Replying to @LibSkrat

I suspect you’re not alone.

Wed May 22 17:02:32 +0000 2019

All of this! 📕❤️ https://twitter.com/JenHoward/status/1131582191660670976

Thu May 23 16:06:48 +0000 2019

Replying to @tcarmody

Sending more good wishes! I hope your recovery goes well.

Thu May 23 20:34:03 +0000 2019

Tweets like this totally make my day. Thank you for reading, and thank you for sharing! https://t.co/00aO8TdNXO

Thu May 23 20:41:08 +0000 2019

Replying to @martin_eve

I hope it provides a bit of space for restful contemplation!

Fri May 24 08:31:47 +0000 2019

RT @martin_eve: Today's sick leave garden reading is @kfitz's /Generous Thinking/. I read the draft of this and greatly enjoyed it so looki…

Fri May 24 08:31:57 +0000 2019

Replying to @martin_eve

You’re right that we cannot *just* tend to our own gardens, but sometimes we must tend to our own in order to return to tending the collective. Take care of yourself!

Fri May 24 08:41:29 +0000 2019

Replying to @martin_eve and @sadiseshiah

Ooh, thank you for this connection! I’ll look forward to finding out more.

Fri May 24 19:11:39 +0000 2019

I aspire to Owen’s level of snap. https://t.co/K2od2ji72U

Fri May 24 21:44:59 +0000 2019

I have never been more grateful for the institution of peer review than I am today. *shudders*

Fri May 24 22:21:37 +0000 2019

Replying to @jwolman


Fri May 24 22:35:37 +0000 2019

Replying to @mchris4duke

I’ll be right over.

Sun May 26 21:56:14 +0000 2019

Replying to @ctitusbrown

Ooh, thank you!

Mon May 27 18:06:32 +0000 2019

Ich weiß, Duolingo.

Tue May 28 11:24:49 +0000 2019

Generous thinking in action! https://ihenow.com/2W8jLLC

Tue May 28 12:36:58 +0000 2019

Replying to @billhd

That is definitely one thing one could say about it.

Tue May 28 12:42:08 +0000 2019

Replying to @billhd


Tue May 28 12:45:23 +0000 2019

Replying to @billhd and @BerondaM


Tue May 28 12:48:56 +0000 2019

RT @humcommons: Good news: the deadline to submit an abstract to the #HCTwitterConf19 has been extended to Monday, June 3rd! This is your l…

Tue May 28 20:02:00 +0000 2019

Replying to @katiefitzpat

Right there with you. Related: my first name is not Katherine.

Tue May 28 22:36:50 +0000 2019

Pretty much exactly what things are like these days.

Wed May 29 16:59:17 +0000 2019

Replying to @familyunequal and @kjhealy

Thanks for that shout-out! I love the idea of better lane-hopping. This incident really brings the need for critical humility into stark relief: we all need to do a better job of recognizing that we could be wrong, and so open our work to dialogue with those who might help.

Wed May 29 19:09:00 +0000 2019

Huge thanks to @familyunequal for the connection, and for the notion of “better lane-hopping.” https://twitter.com/JHUPress/status/1133844846324506624

Wed May 29 21:30:50 +0000 2019

Replying to @brettbobley, @captain_primate, @lynnegoldstein, @billhd, @deanreh and @DukeEllingtonDC

Hey, excellent!

Thu May 30 00:26:47 +0000 2019

Replying to @DLind and @propublica

Hey, congratulations!!! This is very exciting.

Thu May 30 16:08:09 +0000 2019

Replying to @CJ_Daugherty, @jackjewers, @jasmineaurorax and @apilden

ahahahahaha \(catches breath\)

Fri May 31 16:36:58 +0000 2019

Replying to @CJ_Daugherty, @jackjewers, @jasmineaurorax and @apilden

I do. I do. I just love that this disagreement is now reaching out into the Twitters.

Fri May 31 17:09:17 +0000 2019

Replying to @audreywatters

Dang, Audrey, that’s a lot! Congratulations on all the things, and I can’t wait to read the book!

Fri May 31 19:58:51 +0000 2019

Replying to @BendProf

Argh, Stacey, I’m so sorry to hear this. Sending you good thoughts and hopes for a really good rheumatologist.

Fri May 31 23:34:22 +0000 2019

Replying to @JulianChambliss and @kristinarola

I suck too. I’d acknowledge that it wasn’t my finest semester, but maybe there was something in the air?

Sat Jun 01 01:04:43 +0000 2019