Elsewhere on the Internet: Your Dream Job

After work last night, I stopped at a bar to join some of my old colleagues from the art museum in celebrating the tenure of our former manager, who is retiring. (Sort of. She's not one to rest on her laurels for long.) One of the lovely things about working at that museum was a… Continue reading Elsewhere on the Internet: Your Dream Job

Trolling Your Thesis

If you are a current or recovering academic, odds are good that you've already seen lol my thesis within the last month--and thanks to each and everyone one of you who linked to it.  Reducing years of research and pages of explication into one sentence = academic comedy gold. I'm delighted by the premise as a book pusher, since… Continue reading Trolling Your Thesis

Whoa whoa whoa!

This post was previously published at Peachleaves blog. Slow day at work, so I finished reading Louis Menand’s The Marketplace of Ideas.  In the final chapter, my leisurely read-while-at-work pace was jarred when I reached this paragraph: What the surveys suggest is that if doctoral education in English were a cartoon character, then about thirty… Continue reading Whoa whoa whoa!

Maybe we teach it to them

This post was originally published at Peachleaves blog This article has been making the rounds of my Facebook peer group.  It’s a thoughtful piece that puts a lot of effort into describing the conditions and causes of the current graduate school dilemma.  I don’t think I agree with his conclusions (though I certainly haven’t any… Continue reading Maybe we teach it to them