Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Ghostly Hand

I honestly thought I was done. I was out of academia for good. I was happy about it. I am happy about it. Do you ever feel like something keeps pulling you back into a place that you’re trying to … Continue reading

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How to Finish Your Dissertation When You Really Hate That Shit

There is a one-word answer to that question, and that word is spite. Spite is underrated because people think it is an emotion for selfish people who are just nasty for No Good Reason. In an academic context, though, spite … Continue reading

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“The JIL Is Up”: What Is Your Gut Telling You?

The JIL is up, as every human alive who ever thought about getting an academic job in the Humanities knows. Yes, the storied MLA Job Information List is a “list” of “jobs” and “information” about them for Humanities PhDs everywhere. … Continue reading

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Obligatory 9-11 Post-Academic in NYC Post

On 9-11-01, I was in the second week of my first semester as a college teacher. I was a second-year Master’s student. I hadn’t even realized that we got to teach in real classrooms with real students as part of … Continue reading

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Walking Away from Adjuncting

The post-academic blogosphere is awesome today. There is some great writing out there about How To Quit Adjuncting, including posts by After Academe and From Grad School to Happiness. Go forth and read. I can’t add much to their stellar … Continue reading

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Graduate School Delusions

Since I left academia, I have run into a few people who are afflicted with what I call Humanities Grad School Delusions. I can recognize them from a distance of forty paces because I was one of them once. I … Continue reading

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