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On Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed

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.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm 1

On Who We Tell When We Watch Our Parents Die

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.

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 11:20 am 0

On Alternate Theories to Explain the Greenwich Anteater's Immaculate Conception

You keep using that word. I do not think "immaculate conception" means what you think it means.

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm 3

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: In Like Errol Flynn

I realize now it's only a typo, but the (inadvertent) phrase "bang naming" in this context...

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm 0

On Really Good Books That Inspired (Mostly) Good Musicals

@Xapno I just remembered another pretty weird one... "Flowers for Algernon" the musical... not even joking about that.

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:17 am 0

On Really Good Books That Inspired (Mostly) Good Musicals

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.

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:17 am 0

On I Have That: Snatiation

@cuminafterall A fellow mint-sneezer! I knew I wasn't alone!

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm 0

On What Old Book Do I Read If...

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.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm 1

On Breastfeeding in Art

@atipofthehat I was wondering about the omission of Romulus and Remus!

Posted on October 25, 2011 at 5:29 am 0

On So Long, Farewell

I mostly lurk here, but I've really enjoyed reading your stuff! Thanks!

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm 0