Since the Radical is now associated in the public mind with all things tenure, I noted with pleasure last week that The Chronicle of Higher Education had linked me with this YouTube video, which is one of the most perfect visual conceits I have ever seen.
Now, I ask you — how funny is this? Very funny. It also makes me jealous that he knows how to make a video like this and I don’t. Finally, it reminds me that one of the things I love about being an academic is the wit and the high jinks. Other than professional comedians, the only group of people who are funnier are people who work in advertising.
So just in case you think the Radical has fallen into the trap common to radicals everywhere — in other words, taking her political positions so seriously that she loses her sense of fun (North Korea is a good example of this error, as was the second incarnation of the radical feminist collective Redstockings) — let’s give a big round of applause for Brian and everyone else who made it through the tenure process this year.
And for those of you who were made to walk Spanish: take heart. Life will go on, most likely even better than before.