Category Archives: Education

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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Monday Afternoon Potpourri: Mondoville’s Wild Kingdom

Turned in my summer grades yesterday, and I’m trying to clear my head of the unpleasantness that marked Teaching in the Time of Corona, preparatory to re-entering the classroom this fall. As part of the head-clearing, I spent part of … Continue reading

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“Far from the Mandarin Crowd.”

I’ve mentioned this before, but academically speaking, I’m something of a dinosaur. A leading figure in my field read my dissertation in 2002, and said that it would have been state-of-the-art forty years earlier. She didn’t mean it as an … Continue reading

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There But For The Grace of God…

… Go I. I’ll be honest enough to acknowledge that I am less a collector than an accumulator, staying a tiny bit of serotonin and a long-suffering wife from being a hoarder. Having said that, I’ll say that I came … Continue reading

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Merry Blockmas!

Yes, it’s Mr. B’s 83rd birthday, and it’s also the publication/shipping date for A Writer Prepares, his memoir of his apprenticeship as a writer, from his teen years to the publication of the first Evan Tanner novel. Yes, he’s received … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Noises and Books

I’m in my office this afternoon; the Summer term starts tomorrow, and I have a few things to put in order today. Meanwhile… *** Yesterday was the twelfth anniversary of my parents’ murders at the hands of my brother, the … Continue reading

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QotD: Having It Both Ways Edition

One of my professors during my Ph.D. years described academia as a small town with a weekly newspaper. As it happens, I now live in a small town with a weekly newspaper, and I can attest to the accuracy of … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: From my Office at the Buggy-Whip Factory

I’m in my office this afternoon, listening to Frijid Pink’s psychedelicized version of “House of the Rising Sun,” which manages to owe a lot to Cream while edging into what we would eventually recognize as heavy metal. In the meantime… … Continue reading

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Things I’m Looking Forward to This Summer

I’ll be teaching my usual summer courses this year, though they’re starting a little later than they have in the past. Here at Mondoville, we typically have two summer terms, each about a month long. Because of the pandemic, our … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Notes That the Statute of Limitations Has Passed, and Confesses

As we edge from Spring into Summer, it’s graduation/commencement season, and therefore the season for senior pranks. I was reminded of this when a friend of mine mentioned that some group of miscreants had filled the grassy area in front … Continue reading

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