La peur

I was sick for a day and now forget everything. I have to talk to Chérie and Rey still. I have two letters of recommendation left. I have one syllabus to revise and I have that article to finish. And classes to prepare. I must not forget any of it, and I know there are … More La peur

David Schultz

According to this, the corporate university is already in decline. What of the entrepreneurial university, however: is it the same thing as the corporate university? I am inclined to think not. I do wish I had seen this panel at the MLA: MLA Panel 803. Finance Capital and the University Sunday, 10 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 … More David Schultz

Du loisir

This year’s objects of leisure study are Johann Sebastian Bach, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Huey P. Long, and Thorstein Veblen. It is important to remember. Axé.

Xanadu IV

A damsel with a dulcimer In a vision once I saw; It was an Abyssinian maid, And on her dulcimer she played, Singing of Mount Abora. Could I revive within me Her symphony and song, To such a deep delight ‘twould win me, That with music loud and long, I would build that dome in … More Xanadu IV

Keeping the faith

My student, an undergraduate, said: I wish we could stay at the MLA forever! We would listen to panels, read new books, and talk to interesting people every day, in Austin! It would not be for just a few days, it would be our lives! It was excellent, not least because we went to the … More Keeping the faith


It is a lot easier to get work done when you have a good library, an interesting town, stimulating colleagues and a supportive atmosphere. This really is true and it is possible that these things, or at least easy access to some of them, are necessities. Axé.

Esta semana

People I will not fail to be in touch with are Chérie, José, Lee, and Rey … and I will check them off in this post as I find them. I will also be in touch with the library at Tulane University, despite voyaging in the opposite direction. I have to say this here so … More Esta semana


During the summer that the University of Illinois was rescinding Steven Salaita’s job, ACTA issued a report called Governance for a New Era.  Its premise was that the unprecedented criticism directed at the country’s higher ed system required much firmer leadership from the top. Read the entire piece, it is important. Axé.


I used to have one of these. It was a box with index cards on which I would note my excess ideas while writing. I would just throw them in there and then later, when stuck, choose one at random to start me going again, or on break, look at them all to see what … More Pensieve