Tradition has resisted questions of
the fall of your voice–sighing, important–
cracks the blow willow flowering your smiles.
Refusals to be led by hands in my
fingers fondling bills or cupping my ass as you
drink bourbon from teapots and network sources.
Valances question the affair, claiming
but atomize originality, dissecting each quirk,
as the center holds out. Things fall apart.
Up #reading “The Reification of Desire: Towards A Queer Marxism.” Brilliant #book, and one of the best examples of #coverart I’ve ever seen. #academia #latenight #clever #apropos #canIhashtagapropos? (at Hillyer Mansion)
Ode to the Best I Ever Had
Drake feat. Frank O'Hara • Cassandra Gillig Rules
This made my Thursday morning. My enjoyment of O’Hara is relatively consistent, but when you add Drake it’s love all over again.
Spring in bloom.
Yesterday an interesting op-ed (entitled “Thesis Hatement”–tell me how you really feel?) on the realities of the changing job market in academia was published on Slate. Knowing highly successful job candidates and then some not-so-successful ones over the past couple years who have described their end-of-dissertation and job-application experiences, I think that the writer accurately discusses the highly competitive (and occasionally cut-throat) process of higher-education interviews and appointments.
For me, this article points to wider issues about university hiring—though I wonder how accurate her forecast of the next 10-15 years really is, particularly with respect to the idea of “tenure lines” dying. Within my own (comparatively limited) circle of academic friends, I know three who have recently secured tenure track positions either vacated by retiring professors or added to growing humanities departments. Perhaps this is a random fluke? Maybe I just have a blessed circle of friends? I know an equal number of persons taking visiting professorships or adjunct positions; one number does not seem disproportionate to the other. I suspect that many departments will see an overhaul over that time as the ‘baby boomer’ generation begins to retire, but schools and departments will always look to secure consistency and an intellectual life that is desirable to students.
I’m glad that there is a candid conversation around academia happening, but Schuman’s essay does smack a bit with resentment. Her experience on the job market is why I am taking so much time and consideration as to where I should study next.
This is so wonderful.
Here’s our picture desk’s picture of the day: a colourful portrait of Walter ‘Snowy’ Farr, a genuine English eccentric, taken by influential British photographer Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972)
Photograph: Tony Ray-Jones/ SSPL via Getty Images