November 12, 2006

English professors and the biological trope

Is there something in the air this month that compels English professors to seek metaphors in the natural world when describing their discipline? Miriam Burstein calls the squinting modifier a rara avis, and Margaret Soltan says she is looking forward to seeing a movie with an English-professor main character to examine the latest representative of the breed. I know that paperwork tends to reproduce in the darkness unless you firmly take charge of it (proof that de Tocqueville was right and Malthus was wrong when one examines bureaucracy), but this seems, well, the odd end of interdisciplinary work.

Then again, there's the pleasant tome on writing, Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, so I could be wrong.

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