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Philip Nel
Attended Vanderbilt University
Lives in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.
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"Always be publishing," "Do not define success according to academe’s terms" and 10 other pieces of advice for graduate students, recent PhDs, adjuncts who aspire to the tenure track, and those recently hired on the tenure-track (or hired as lecturers in UK & Australian systems).
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Fats Waller! Hoosier Hot Shots! Moon Mullican! Also, video of me attempting to perform these songs. 
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Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail's One Word from Sophia (2015) was published this month. Here are for reasons you should get (buy, borrow, barter) the book for the young people in your life — or for yourself. (Grown-ups can read children's books, too, you know.) It's funny.
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THE picture-book debut of 2015: Rowboat Watkins' Rude Cakes!
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Reflections from a white guy (me) who is writing about racism.
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Happy Pi Day from Nine Kinds of Pie!
Since this blog takes its name from an artist who wrote about pie and painted π (see last year's post), I try to offer a little tribute to this beloved irrational number each Pi Day. Today, at 9:26:53 am and pm (twice!), the date will spell out the first ten digits of the number.
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upgrade vortex, n. The hidden temporal, cognitive, and/or financial costs of getting a new electronic device (tablet, smart phone, computer, etc.).
upgrade vortex, n. The hidden temporal, cognitive, and/or financial costs of getting a new electronic device (tablet, smart phone, computer, etc.). We need a term to describe the experience of obtaining a new technological item, and then the (guaranteed but never mentioned) troubleshooting and ...
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On the ‪4th of July‬, a lesser-known chapter in the history of American anti-racism: the planned integrated community of Village Creek (Connecticut), founded in 1949 and still going strong.
For America's Independence Day, here's a little-known chapter in the history of American anti-racism. Following the Second World War, progressives founded a dozen planned integrated communities across the country. While working on my biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss, I learned about ...
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On what would be his 87th birthday, a look at Maurice Sendak’s will & what it tells us about him.  Special bonus for children’s literature nerds & devoted Sendak enthusiasts: pdf of will included.
Wills offer unique insights into people's lives — what they value most, how they see themselves, how they hope to be remembered. Ruth Krauss left most of her estate to homeless children, a fact which floored Maurice Sendak, when I told him: she died the same year that We're All in the Dumps with ...
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They Might Be Giants' new record is the band’s best since its 1986 eponymous debut. 30 years later, they're — astonishingly — still making great music.
They Might Be Giants, “All the Lazy Boyfriends,” Glean (2015). They Might Be Giants' Glean — due out April 21 — is the band's best record since its 1986 eponymous debut, affectionately known as The Pink Album (due to its pink cover). Like that record, it has a range of musical styles, ...
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This sentence aspires to entice you to click on the link to this meta-mix (all songs about songs), lovingly curated for your enjoyment — and, of course, ripe for critique (in the comments, one might debate songs omitted, etc.).
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Happy Dr. Seuss's birthday! To celebrate, here are Six Seuss segments, including: 1930s advertising art (pictured), a page from the new book, and the Dr. Seuss Rap Quiz.
Today would be Dr. Seuss's 111th birthday! Actually, it is his 111th birthday, but Theodor Seuss Geisel is not around to celebrate it — he died in 1991, at the age of 87. In his honor, here are Six Spots of Seuss News …for all of you who yearn for Seuss. (For those who don't, I have no use: go ...
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I write books about children's books & comics.
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Professor of English. Books include:
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Volume Two: 1944-1945, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics Books, 2014)
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Volume One: 1942-1943, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics Books, 2013)
  • Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature (UP Mississippi, 2012)
  • Keywords for Children's Literature, co-edited with Lissa Paul (NYU Press, 2011)
  • Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature, co-edited with Julia Mickenberg (NYU Press, 2008)
  • The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats (Random House, 2007)
  • Dr. Seuss: American Icon (Continuum, 2004)
  • The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks (UP Mississippi, 2002)
  • J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (Continuum, 2001)
Forthcoming:
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volumes 3-5, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics, 2015-2017)
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  • Vanderbilt University
    English, 1992 - 1997
  • University Of Rochester
    English and Pyschology, 1988 - 1992
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