Howdy, friends! I’m still (mostly) on holiday break here, but I thought you might enjoy some thoughts from bloggers more energetic than I am right now. I hope to be back later this week–I just don’t seem to have any original thoughts to share at the moment. So, herewith are my recommendations for your bloggy perusals:
- Suzie at Echidne offers a Swiftian satire after Julian Assange’s comment that Sweden is the “Saudi Arabia of feminism,” as in, ”Feminists run Sweden like wealthy sheikhs run Saudi Arabia.” As if! What a tool. Once again, we see that so-called leftists are just as disgusting as right-wingers and just as opportunistic in their alternate deployment of feminist arguments and contempt for feminism and/or actual women. (Even George W. Bush said we needed to invade Afghanistan because the Taliban were horrible patriarchal despots and we had to liberate women from their burkhas! Remember that convenient feminist argument? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?)
- Tenured Radical is doing some quality pre-American Historical Association 125th Annual Meeting blogging these days, with a few posts for those of you fortunate enough to be interviewing for jobs this year. (That is, fortunate enough either to be in a department that is hiring, or fortunate enough to have interviews lined up.) “Tell Us About Your Dissertation: And Other Commonly Fumbled Interview Questions” is a good primer for what to expect and how not to blow it. I will just add my two cents: first, assume that the people interviewing you have read your file but in the rush of interviewing have forgotten 90% of what you sent them. They’ll be grateful to be reminded of a few key facts about your work and training if you can do it crisply and without fuss. Secondly, pay particular attention to the comment by Comrade PhysioProf about how interviews are opportunities to present yourself as a colleague and peer to a wider professional network. (He’s also posted a version of his comment on his blog here.) Finally, it is a truth universally acknowledged by those of us forty and older that the ease of finding information on the web about hiring departments is apparently still a convenience of which most job candidates don’t avail themselves. Do yourself a favor and get to know the department interviewing you and the individuals on the search committees. You don’t need to read their books or kiss their a$$e$ by saying you’ve read their books–just know who’s who and who in the department teaches most closely to your field. Ask an informed question or two. Pretend like you’d like to be seen as a future colleague.
- Here’s a one-word nightmare of teevee-induced insanity: “Bridalplasty.” (Twisty explains it all.) I thought it was annoying enough to have my Joyous Year of Affiancement 1997 mostly characterized by hearing dumba$$ questions about why my last name wasn’t changing, why I didn’t want an engagement ring or a big wedding, and why my job rather than his determined where we lived. (And what were we going to call the children??? If they ever might exist.) And the biggest irritation of all: no one ever asks dudes these questions! How lucky I was not to be badgered about which “procedures” I planned to endure in my unending quest for physical perfection!
- GayProf has a funny post about Christmas giving and receiving. If you’re in the mood to give to GayProf, I suggest either bourbon, a vintage 1930s Tom and Jerry punchbowl, or bourbon.