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Because you want to spent 5-7 minutes of your life reading some ephemeral musings that may or may not be amusing, poignant, or outraged. You could, in theory, use that same time to learn Sanskrit. But you know and I know that you probably won’t. You can also read the same ephemeral musings on the website, but why not sign up to have all your handy Sanskrit-avoidant content delivered straight to your in box?

New One-Year Weekly Essay Project!

I have solicited 52 (random! silly! serious!) prompts from friends and have promised to write a short essay on every topic proposed, one per week for a year, beginning May 2021. Every Sunday or Monday I will post a new ephemeral musing that you can read during leisure moments in your home or … well, home.


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Deanna Kreisel
Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi specializing in Victorian literature, ecocriticism, and feminist theory.