How bad is it out there? From my extremely non-scientific perusal of my blogroll, it sounds like some of you are seeing evidence of the economic crisis in your universities’ budgets and in job opportunities (that is, in vanishing job opportunities). I hear gossip in the hallways about searches being cancelled–Sisyphus for one is freaking out over the academic job market. The New York Times and Bloomberg.com report that even wealthy institutions have instituted budget cuts and hiring freezes (h/t Gabriela Montell at the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s blog, On Hiring. Dear readers, have any of these unfortunate things happened to you or at your university? I rely on you to keep me informed–here in my sunny little corner of the Great American Desert there is just a sense of overall foreboding, but no specific bad news yet.
Just in case, maybe we’d better start reading up on feed sack dresses. (Check out the ca. 1960 version of cotton bag dresses, shown above!) Who says poverty can’t be stylish?