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A Professor's Life Outside the Ivory Tower

Tony Kelso

Tony Kelso
February 19
In a previous life, I was an advertising copywriter. Now I'm a professor of media studies. I've written a number of works on media, politics, and popular culture for an academic audience. But writing for a popular audience is more fun.

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JUNE 15, 2011 6:08AM

After 20 Years, I Want to See My Abusive Dad for His Money

            Less than two months before my high-school graduation, my father told me he never wanted to see me again. He had received a summons that week and was furious that I had known but not warned him my mom was going to file a lawsuit again/Read full post »

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JUNE 8, 2011 6:49AM

An Atheist Who Honors Jesus More than the Christian Right

            For most of my life, I believed in God. During my college years, though, I finally recognized the concept of the all-knowing papa in the firmament—with his self-manufactured evil counterpart fanning the flames of hell below&mdas/Read full post »

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MAY 27, 2011 5:41AM

Doin' Time in the High School Police State

            I was not carrying a bag, only a book and a few sheets of paper. Yet the policewoman demanded that I place these items on the conveyer belt. Then she ordered me to empty my pockets and dump the contents into a basket for screening as/Read full post »

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MAY 20, 2011 1:37PM

Confessions of an (Ex-)Advertising Man

            I hate advertising. No, I mean, I really hate it. And not just because it interrupts the TV show I’m watching at least six times an hour, even though I’m already shelling out $100 a month for the privilege of receiving a b/Read full post »

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MAY 11, 2011 2:27PM

Talking Sex with My Seven-Year-Old Son

            I was in fourth grade when my mother sat me down to explain the birds and the bees after I had just asked her why the hot-water bottle hanging in the closet had a long tube running from the fat part. I’m nearly positive all of m/Read full post »

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MAY 4, 2011 3:18PM

A Professor Gets Schooled in Politics

        I had an embarrassing little secret. Here I was, lecturing a roomful of students on strategies for winning an election. The several young women and men seemingly engaged in the discussion—the ones not texting or looking as though they were auditioning/Read full post »