Monthly Archives: August 2021

Buying the Fake

Back in 2014, I wrote about a basketball game in which Mondoville obliterated a team from a college that may not have had the virtue of actually, well, existing, other than as a sponsor of athletic teams and as a … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: New Year’s Eve in August

Tomorrow morning at 8:50, fully vaxxed and masked, I’ll begin my nineteenth year here at Mondoville, going face to face (mask to mask, anyway) with a class full of Freshpeeps for the first time since March of 2020. I have … Continue reading

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Thursday Morning Potpourri: Arrivals and Departures

I still have a little tweaking to do on my syllabus, mostly in the form of replacing old boilerplate with new — although the underlying policies may not change a great deal, the phrasings do, and in order to placate … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Concerto for Prof and Orchestra

I’m in the office this afternoon, copying departmental boilerplate into my syllabus. I’ve been on something of an orchestral music kick for the past couple of days. Friday and yesterday were Henry Kimball Hadley; this afternoon it’s Ralph Vaughan Williams. … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Not Quite New Year’s Eve, Reading, and Fictioneering

The first bunch of students — the football team — arrived on campus yesterday, and I think I saw some more new arrivals as I walked into my office this afternoon. Classes start in a couple of weeks, and I … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Sunday at the Office, and a Musical Ghost Story

Welcome to August, gang! I’ll be back in the classroom in 22 days, with three FroshComps and my Age of Johnson class this term. It seems that we’ll be masked, at least for a while, which in turn means that … Continue reading

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