I’m back from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference for this year, held in relatively close-by Chicago. It was—as usual—a good conference. In particular, this year, I was able to attend some great Civil War/Reconstruction culture panels with some great papers on guerrilla warfare in North Carolina, Texas, and other places.
The best thing I learned though, was the existence of the 19th century Bible prophecy writings of one Samuel Baldwin, a Tennessee preacher. Excellent fodder for my early US class the next time I teach it.
My presentation (slides here!) was well-recieved. The topic is, generally, the basic direction of my under-way book project (BLACK SCREWDRIVER) and I’m not entirely comfortable posting the text of the talk since it’s very much part of an in-progress thing (and it was very much a note/outline/thing to talk from rather than a polished paper, mostly due to constant editing that just didn’t stop until I finally delivered the thing).
Other updates, met my editor on BLACK SCREWDRIVER in the real-world rather than just email and got to see my editors on some other projects (EIGHTH WRENCH and the newly christened SLINGSHOT) as well as other cool people I generally only see at this conference.
The epic sabbatical project is is rounding the last corner this week, finishing up next week, then tweaking and student-road-testing during the spring session.
More later, I hope. I recorded my author talk from last week and there may be some excerpts here if I have time.