Author Archives: AL

Clueless in Academe

I had just logged in to update this blog (finally) when I stumbled on Lauren’s brilliant post about the latest jobs report for PhDs. I especially like how she calls out M. Berubé for being clueless about the real problem … Continue reading

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What Do Superstorm Sandy And The Adjunct Crisis Have In Common?

Once again, the East Coast is recovering (barely) from a major hurricane. Sandy was far, far worse than Irene, last year’s superstorm. At least thirty-eight have died in NYC and millions have been displaced. Some have lost everything. Seems like … Continue reading

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Dissertation Publication Consternation

Recently, I had coffee with a former supervisor from my academic days. It was very nice of her to want to meet up now that I am adjuncting again – temporarily. We used to work together rather closely on some … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of the Thesis Statement

I had decided to title this post, The Tyranny of the Thesis Statement. Then I Googled it and noted that someone else has already written that essay. Good for that guy! I am glad that I am not the only … Continue reading

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On Being ‘Substantial’

Well, what has Post-Academic In NYC been up to these many days? Lotsa stuff, what with three part-time jobs plus top-secret political activities to attend to (ha, they are not top secret at all). Good news is that I did … Continue reading

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Teaching is a Job

This is a difficult post for me to write, which is why I have been stalling for days and days. The first thing I must say is that everyone is right. Djuna is right: I’m just a bit confused about … Continue reading

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Is Adjuncting Better Than Temping While Looking For A Real Job?

This week I am temping again at The Skyscraper Office. It’s not that they like me; it’s that I’m the temp they know. This is the place where every person who steps off the elevator and sees the view for … Continue reading

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What Working For An Hourly Wage Has Wrought

Before I was a glamorous temp, I was an adjunct or worked some academic “fellowship”-type jobs. I signed up for direct deposit and every couple of weeks some money would show up in my bank account and it was enough … Continue reading

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Aging and Humiliation

I am typing this from my latest temp gig.  I am working for a non-profit organization. The office is white and quiet, except for the tapping of keyboards. There’s a fruit bowl and a roof deck, but no one goes … Continue reading

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Impertinent Questions

I am working on a longer post about temping at The Skyscraper Office. It is an epic tale of anger and sadness with global implications! I am completely serious. In the meantime, I am compelled to write about a conversation … Continue reading

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