Classicist Does Dollywood

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Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” is good for someone struggling to finish a dissertation.

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Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” is good for someone struggling to finish a dissertation.

When I moved, five years ago, from teaching classics at the University of Cambridge to an associate professorship at the University of California at Santa Barbara, many things changed. I swapped impressive daily alcohol consumption for drinking green smoothies. I enjoyed teaching a more diverse student population. I no longer measured out my life in research "outputs," necessary to fulfill the requirements of Britain’s pernicious research-appraisal