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Monday, 16 January 2006

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Theriomorph

It may be self indulgent and solipsitic, but it's also very funny. Thanks for the laugh and happy deleting. (Chance dissertation is not, in fact, total crap: high.)

Rich Puchalsky

Obviously you're modeling yourself after Thess in Gaiman's _Sandman_, the eternal grad student still reading art history books after millenia as if just one more will finally allow her to complete that first chapter.

Miriam

It's a cat, Scott. Evil comes with the territory. (Also: 20 lbs.?! Even Disraeli is only 14.4 lbs.)

Stephen

Not all cats are evil. Mund is definitely not evil.

Ancrene Wiseass

Ohhh, boy, can I *ever* sympathize about the amount of alcohol needed to forget about writing.

Jodi

great post. weird part of academic life; our time is our own and is not our own; on a daily scale, we have more flexibility than most; yet, we are never on vacation, never not thinking about work. Or, at least that's been my experience and I handed in my dissertation 14 years ago.

Beth Black

Here's one student (okay, former student) who would gladly edit her work! Only, I have to do it before the corporate slaveowners offer me money and (God help me) health insurance to write brainfreezing newsletters for them! As they sing in Avenue Q, what can you do with a B.A. in English? (Speaking of editing, though, why isn't "trumpted" in my dictionary?)

Scott Eric Kaufman

Mr. Pot, Mr. Kettle. Mr. Kettle, Mr. Pot. Mr. Pot and Mr. Kettle, Mrs. Black.

(Thanks Beth.)

Scott Eric Kaufman

Also, I should add that Stephen's correct, Miriam. All cats aren't evil. In fact, we have two who aren't evil, one who is, and another whose ability to open locked doors and tightly-lidded trash cans may seem evil but is really part of his identification with his Raccoon heritage. (Sure, it's illusory, but he's managed to inherit it anyway.)

AW, I should clear something up, in part because one of my students asked me whether I drink 17 oz. of vodka per night: As you say, that's how much vodka I'd have to drink to forget about my dissertation. Unfortunately, I lack the funds, constitution and desire to be an alcoholic that forgetting about my dissertation nightly would require.

Ancrene Wiseass

Well, really, Scott, while the cut of this blog's jib tells me you're a fella who can hold yer likker, I didn't imagine you were drinking quite that much on a regular basis.

I'm not, either. But that's why we can't forget about our work long enough to watch a TV show.

Scott Eric Kaufman

AW, I know. I was more clearing that up for my students than anything else. Plus, I do have quite a cut of jib, er, you know what I mean.

Stephen

"In fact, we have two who aren't evil, one who is, and another whose ability to open locked doors and tightly-lidded trash cans may seem evil but is really part of his identification with his Raccoon heritage. (Sure, it's illusory, but he's managed to inherit it anyway.)"

Maybe you need to sit down with Virgil and explain Walter Benn Michaels' critique of identity politics. That should sort him out.

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