Sunday, April 25, 2010

Popular Non-Fiction Does Not Earn You Tenure

In an otherwise sharp article for the Toronto Star, Patricia Dawn Robertson concludes that "Ironically, the publish or perish mandate from the lean and mean 1990s means that once-cloistered academics must moonlight as pundits to garner profile and secure tenure."

Trust me on this -- being a pundit does not help secure tenure. It works against it, actually. Sad but true.


Thursday, April 08, 2010

This Post is Not Useless Junk

Joke About Bidding Wars

Actually, a bidding war for a home is a lot less funny that it might sound. Despite this, I managed to make my wife laugh with this post-defeat joke:

Wife: What time is it?
Husband: It's 8:15pm.
[pause for beat]
Husband: No, wait, someone just offered 8:27pm.