Congratulations, AHP! I've always enjoyed your writing here. I got a PhD in English two years ago and I've been teaching as an adjunct and doing other odd jobs since then. I've been wondering when the time to throw in the towel re: the academic job hunt should be. I still love teaching, so I hate to give it up, but everything you said here is absolutely true. Thanks for saying it, and best of luck.
My mother died this summer after an eight-year decline. I still feel like I didn't have enough time, and like I'm still treading water waiting for the worst to happen.
You keep using that word. I do not think "immaculate conception" means what you think it means.
I realize now it's only a typo, but the (inadvertent) phrase "bang naming" in this context...
@Xapno I just remembered another pretty weird one... "Flowers for Algernon" the musical... not even joking about that.
Another oddball text-to-musical might be "The Light in the Piazza." And really, it's harder to think of any 19th-C novels with name recognition that HAVEN'T become musicals.
@cuminafterall A fellow mint-sneezer! I knew I wasn't alone!
Ask-er #1: You want some good sensation fiction: Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Lady Audley's Secret, Aurora Floyd) or Wilkie Collins (The Woman in White, The Moonstone, No Name) should give you a nice start for a book with lots of sex and violence and secret identities and tuxedo people living in the basement.
@atipofthehat I was wondering about the omission of Romulus and Remus!
I mostly lurk here, but I've really enjoyed reading your stuff! Thanks!