June 6, 2010
Academe's Creaky Foundation
Douglas Paulin for The Chronicle Review
In her short story "How to Become a Writer," Lorrie Moore opens with some very funny advice: "First, try to be something, anything, else. A movie star/astronaut. A movie star/missionary. A movie star/kindergarten teacher. President of the World." It's what I'm increasingly tempted to say to students who talk about going on to grad school and teaching at a university.
I was recently asked to write about my experiences on the tenure track. The editor of the press wanted me to write a
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