Here at Ideas on Fire, we do a lot of blogging. Our blog is where we share our expertise, insight, and ideas with you and the place where you can see what our team is reading and reflecting on at the moment. We work hard to help you navigate the challenges of graduate school, early faculty life, and post-ac/alt-ac career paths from an intersectional perspective, highlighting the boundary-busting scholarly and activist work of some incredible innovators along the way.

But like any healthy approach to work life balance, we also love content that makes us smile while it makes us think, and lets us approach the work of activism and progressive education rejuvenated and renewed. With that in mind, in this latest installment of our IoF Team Favorites series we’re sharing the blogs we read for pleasure—the writing we curl up with when we want to feel empowered and have some fun. Enjoy!

Alexandra Sastre (Content + Project Manager)

  • “I’ve been getting a kick out of McManshion Hell lately—a hilarious and astute examination of suburban behemoths that also educates on the principles of classical architecture.”

Terry K. Park (Grad School Rockstars Coach):

  • “I’ve recently been enjoying the smart, funny, honest analyses of Damon Young, Editor in Chief of VSB (Very Smart Brothas). His headlines are hilarious!”

Sarah Grey (Editor)

  • “Do webcomics count? I love XKCD, with its smart, sciency humor.”

Priyanka Kaura (Administrative Assistant)

Cathy Hannabach (Founder & CEO)

Michelle Velasquez-Potts (Junior Editor)

  • “Lauren Berlant’s Supervalent Thought. She’s amazing and never fails to impress with her blend of academic and poetic prose.”

Kate Drabinski (Grad School Rockstars Coach)

  • “I write a blog and grade class blogs, so to be honest, I don’t spend much downtime in the blogosphere!” (Fair enough Kate! Check out Kate’s own blog What I Saw Riding My Bike Around Today)

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