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the academic conference interview

December is quickly disappearing. And that means in just a few weeks I’ll be sitting in a hotel suite in New Orleans interviewing a bunch of candidates for our Early Islam search. UTK is lucky this year, and we’re doing

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vim scrivener

I have a growing affection for Vim. It might be a 20-year-old piece of software. It might have a ridiculous learning curve based on concepts, like modal editing, that seem extremely foreign in an age of touch screens, OSX 10.8,

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is it bad when harvard does it too?

Is it bad when Harvard does it too? Yes. After all the kerfuffle over the CSU ad this past week, it turns out that Harvard’s English Department is using almost the same language for a Comp Lit position. This is

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an update on the CSU ad

I figured this update deserved a new post, rather than adding to the original. Yesterday (Sept. 11) I attended a talk at UTK by current MLA President Michael Bérubé. A member of the audience asked him about the CSU job

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old phds need not apply

Last Thursday, Larry Cebula tweeted about this ad from The Chronicle for an assistant professorship in pre-1900 American Literature at Colorado State University. The text of the ad presents two de rigour required qualifications and one quite surprising one: Required

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Doctor Don Ygnacio Martinez del Escobar, Imposter

A couple of years ago I was briefly inspired to write a short story based on a case I found in the Quito archives of Dr. D.n Ignacio Martinez del Escobar, arrested for posing as a physician (among many other

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the enjoyment of bookstores

I went on a bit of a book-buying binge today. I had a few hours this morning, in part because we’ve been without internet access at home since the storm that roared through the mid-Atlantic on Friday. (We’re lucky. We

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