Author Archives: L. M. Bernhardt

About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.

An Entirely Unnecessary Defense

According to my dear old Dad, if there is any justice or truth in the world, the phrase “…and one more thing” will be the inscription on my headstone after I shuffle off this mortal coil. He’s not wrong. Last … Continue reading

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“…but it’s all right.”

As I read John Dyck’s “In Defense of Country Music” the other day, I found myself remembering a compliment, thinking of an amazing recording by an amazing woman, and struggling to disentangle the reasons why some of what Dyck said rang … Continue reading

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Idea Time #1: Rhetorical Chicanery!

Today, I bring you Idea Time, a feature of sorts for this blog, in which I semi-seriously consider the various entrepreneurial and scholarly opportunities arising from random stuff in the world. Today’s not-too-terribly-original ideas: getting a little something from 419 scams … Continue reading

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ReFraktured Color

For those who have read my other posts on the subject, it will be unsurprising that I continue to be fascinated by the use of typefaces to preserve, promote, and communicate about linguistic or cultural conventions. In particular, I’m interested … Continue reading

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The Visual Poetry of Roadside America

The late John Margolies (1940-2016) is perhaps best known as a photographer and chronicler of “vernacular commercial structures along main streets, byways, and highways throughout the United States in the twentieth century.” Put another way: if you’ve ever spent time looking … Continue reading

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When the Levee Breaks

Recently, I came across a wonderful reminder of past projects in the form of magic shared on Facebook: some television footage from 1965 or so of the magnificent flamenco dancer Antonia (also sometimes listed as Antonita) Singla Contreras, known to … Continue reading

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Pop quiz, hotshot

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?   My own answers include: Facing the White Walkers at the end of my freakin’ driveway and then going back indoors — windchills are going to be in the neighborhood of -40 degrees … Continue reading

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