I’m Thaddeus Andracki, and I am a middle school librarian at Rowley Library at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. (Of course, any opinions expressed here are entirely my own and do not reflect those of the University or the Lab Schools.)
My research and professional interests include criticism and analysis of literature for young people; comparative ethnic studies and queer studies; and digital cultures.
I’m also interested in running, baking, coffee, whimsy, plants, shiny things, affect theory, activism, and love as a hermeneutic of social change.
This site also contains my personal blog, which I don’t update particularly often. When I do, it’s primarily updates on professional activities or short thought pieces/essays on things I’m researching. So: children’s literature broadly conceived, queer theory, racial justice, and social justice in the information age.
The title of the blog is a more hopeful riff on the title of what is widely credited as the first modern American novel published for young people to deal with explicitly queer themes.
I’ll get there. It’ll be worth the trip.