Thursday, December 13, 2007


In between drifts of paper – final portfolios, final student essays, bills to be paid, great sifts of mail & other paperage to clean up. But noted some lovely words on The Poem of a Life (still time to get your gift copies before Christmas!) on Don Share's excellent blog, Squandermania & Other Foibles. The money phrase: "a gratifyingly large volume."

Lovely contrast to the gormless grad student of a few years back: I was covering the first day of a colleague's Dickens seminar, holding up the assigned texts & pretending to know something about 'em. "Wow, those are big books," quoth she, apparently never having picked up a Dickens novel (apart probably from A Christmas Carol) before.

Back to the mill, grinding slowly but one hopes small.

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