Month: July 2017

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Sunday Movie: “The Alderson Murder”

I have a really exciting “dream project” currently in the works. It’s a short film called “The Alderson Murder” based on the short story by Gonzalo Reidel (you can purchase the whole collection of stories here). I first encountered Reidel’s stories on the shelf at Geist Magazine. That night, in bed, I read the whole collection out-loud to my husband/cinematographer (Dale Shippam). Later Geist published my review of the collection in their ‘Endnotes’ column (you can read it for free at geist.com) and I began the slow process of writing, directing and producing a film in the spare bits of time in between working toward my PhD and working to pay for my PhD, which left me with mostly Sundays (because who needs rest?). Now, after 144 Sundays (48 Sundays per year for 3 years), we’re due for a rough cut from the editor any day now and the film is one more Sunday closer to completion. Stay tuned!

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Playful Bodies (Part 2): Toward a Genealogy of Children’s Play

In April I had the extreme pleasure of presenting a paper at the 4th Philosophy at Play Conference at the University of Gloucestershire. Below is a version of the talk I gave, which is a coming-together of old ideas, getting me one move closer what I hope will become the methods chapter of my dissertation. ——— Not long ago a Canadian Elementary School sent a letter home to parents announcing a new zero-tolerance policy on hands-on play; no tag, no hand-clapping, no hugging, no touching. In response to the immediate concerns raised by parents and the negative attention the letter began to receive in the press, the school’s principal defended the policy citing the intent to make play “safer.” There are a number of obvious issues raised by a ban on hands on play, but I use this example because it reveals something about the anxieties and tensions that underlie our attempts to secure children’s play—at the heart of which is the idea that play is an important investment. Today I want think through the …