Category Archives: Doro-THEE

January 15, 2013, 2:47 pm

It’s Queer Work If You Can Get It: The Celebrity Coming Out Speech

Sue Sylvester sez: just announce it, Jodie. Photo credit.

This week, in the aftermath of another Christ on a cracker we already knew banal celebrity coming out speech the action was hot on Tenured Radical‘s Facebook page. I had responded to the irritating status prompt “How are you feeling, Claire?” by writing that I was “feeling”:

…a little puzzled as to why Jodie Foster needed to do the drama queen thing about coming out at the Golden Globes. Since we all knew she was a lesbian, a press release would have been fine.

I have received many likes (I like to be liked) and many comments, only one of which has accused me of unfairly silencing the little lamb. How many ways can I describe my annoyance that Foster chose her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award (for excellence…

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November 4, 2012, 10:26 am

To Market, To Market: The Job Fairy Helps You Land Your Next Job

Clap your hands if you believe in associate professors! Photo credit.

Is going on the job market as a tenured person a loser’s game?

Today’s crie du coeur  is from hist1969, an associate professor who is itchin’, as I was a couple years back, to put on the travelin’ shoes. I edited the question slightly to give more space for a response.

What do you know about the experiences of historians who returned to the market as tenured associate professors? I have looked around, but it seems that in my field people who are moving to other universities have been personally invited to apply. I have received some invitations to apply for positions in the last two years. However, the searches were canceled, or I ultimately felt that such invitations were only intended to “furnish” the searches. By now, I think it’s…

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October 30, 2012, 3:03 pm

The Morning After: the Twitterati Report #Sandy

Morning, October 30 2012. Photo credit: Tenured Radical

Before I get to the role that Twitter played in documenting Hurricane Sandy yesterday, I have to ask: do you remember the “disaster girl,” Maureen McGovern?

A singer with an otherwise middling career, McGovern had two cheesy hits in the 1970s that are still played in elevators today.  One was “The Morning After.” It was the so-called “love theme” from The Poseiden Adventurea 1972 movie about a cruise ship that overturned in a tsunami, dooming (nearly) everyone aboard. McGovern re-recorded the song, originally sung by an even more obscure chanteuse, and it went up the charts with a bullet in 1973. This success got her the job of singing “We May Never Love Like This Again,” the love theme for The Towering Inferno, a 1974 thriller about the world’s…

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March 29, 2012, 12:57 pm

Playing Park Politics; Or, The Poopy Public Sphere

You would think our little neighborhood in Shoreline was Dog Doo City.

Last spring there was a big hullabaloo about dogs pooping in public.  The short version is this: local residents were in the habit of using a fenced field attached to two primary schools as a dog park.  I am ambivalent about dog parks, since for every twenty good citizens there is one lunkhead who appears not to be aware that his or her dog gets into fights.  Neither of my dogs has ever fought unless attacked; I find it particularly irritating, then, when a menacing dog has mine on the ground and its human companion instructs me to just “let them work it out.” In my imagination, this type of person is the culprit who leaves large dollops of dog doo for the vast majority of conscientious citizens —  those who do and do not live with dogs — to step in. (more…)

June 3, 2010, 2:24 am

It’s a Twistah, It’s A Twistah! More Notes From The Heartland

So far I have been in Ohio for a day and a half, and I’m impressed. The little college town that was my first stop was a time-travel experience. People leave their doors open when they are away from the house for an errand or a stroll around the neighborhood. Children walk home from the school bus. Slightly older children ride their bikes around town, walk to the main shopping area, go from house to house, finding their friends and hanging out in a generally unsupervised and benign way.

People seemed happy and relaxed.
Between Cleveland and Little College Town is farmland; when I left LCT today to drive to Columbus (about a hundred miles due south), I passed more gorgeous farms, many of which are run by Amish people. The road rolled gently up and down hills, and was lined on both sides with nicely painted white fencing and the occasional family dairy operation. I drove by several…

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