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March 10, 2009 - 8:50pm
what the world looks like when you're seven. An actual exchange last night: The Boy: You know, I try to hold in my farts around girls. DD: That's a good idea. TB: Yeah. If you fart around them, they won't want to be your girlfriend. DD: Probably not. TB: It's hard to convince them to marry you. Like, I want to marry Ashley, but I don't know how to make her want to marry me. DD: Well, no rush. You've got time. TB: I know that. But I want to marry her. How many more years until prom?
March 10, 2009 - 4:58pm
I often find it interesting to chase down links and other references provided when folks respond to my posts. Generally, I learn something. Sometimes, what I learn is that I didn't make myself clear in my original wording.
March 9, 2009 - 10:39pm
Well, that post title was a little redundant, don’t you think? For my readers not in academe, Cary Nelson is the Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the 49th (and current) president of the American Association of University Professors. Recent books include Revolutionary Memory: Recovering the Poetry of the American Left (Routledge, 2003) and Office Hours: Activism and Change in the Academy (Routledge, 2004).
March 9, 2009 - 9:27pm
  For some reason, there's a persistent subset of people – both faculty and staff – who can't raise one issue without referencing ten more. Worse, they aren't raised in the spirit of “this connects to that,” but in a spirit of “and ANOTHER thing...” I call it the litany.
March 9, 2009 - 5:06pm
... isn't technically about sustainability. It's about food. Or, more technically, our agricultural system. It's here. You should go read it and then come back. I'll wait. OK, so what did you think? My first impression was that the writer (Paul Roberts) got it right on a number of fronts. Among them:
March 8, 2009 - 8:31pm
This article from the Chronicle, about spousal hiring, and this one from IHE, about administrative searches in a recession, are worth reading together. They're both about the real-world friction that gets in the way of hiring the best people for a given job.
March 6, 2009 - 10:25pm
There must be a newly-minted Ph.D. out there, diss unpublishable, who’d like to write a book for a general audience on the visual rhetoric of wonder cabinets. Please do, so I won’t have to devote the next two years of my life to the subject. All I ask is thanks in the acknowledgments.
March 5, 2009 - 9:26pm
An alert reader sent me the link to this article from the Springfield (Mass.) Republican. Apparently, the University of Massachusetts is sending out layoff notices to 60 faculty now, just in case it needs to actually go through with layoffs this Fall. If the stimulus package delivers enough, it will call some fraction of the 60 back.
March 5, 2009 - 9:15pm
  We live in a great neighborhood where many people decorate their homes for Christmas with fancy lights that draw people from other neighborhoods to admire them. When my daughter was a very little girl, she used to look with awe at the lights as we drove around the neighborhood, pointing to particularly beautiful displays and saying, in her eighteen-month-old voice, “more.” She wanted to see more.

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