December 11, 2008

Catching up

I think I'm finally back to full health, or at least 95%, and my union finished the ratification of a contract that was tentatively agreed to just before Thanksgiving, all of which is good news for EPAA readers and authors, who are both owed stuff. It's good news for my students, who have turned in the last of their work for the semester. (The collective bargaining agreement is a net gain for my colleagues, too.)

There's something both weird and relieving when after a few weeks of relative lack of energy, you've got the stamina and clarity of thought to read through manuscripts first thing in the morning (which is when I work best on this stuff). So while I was in San Antonio earlier this week, I spent a chunk of my free time reading and taking notes on manuscripts. The first of several disposition letters (e-mails) went out earlier this afternoon, and after I've several more sets of notes, other e-mails will be heading out. And then I work on the next article. And read student papers.

In the meantime, and in part because of the pace of the semester, blogging has been slow. I have not commented on most of the post-election news, and I hope to pick up the pace after I catch up with other things. I'll write a short note later tonight, but I don't expect to blog much over the next 10 days. One of the few posts in the next week will essentially be a transcript of what I said in San Antonio, but that'll be the longest one.

One comment I have to make, after walking through the Alamo when in San Antonio: The Daughters of the Republic of Texas have taken extraordinary care of the Alamo itself (it's a gorgeous oasis in the middle of downtown San Antonio), but the organization lives in an alternate world where the self-annointed Texians of the 1830s were bold and principled, and where slavery didn't exist (or at least didn't exist to be mentioned in the Alamo). Bold? Yes. But while I had heard of the Alamo as a monument to slavery that never mentioned the word, it's one thing to read it and nod and another thing entirely to visit the place. It's a mind-bending place that is run as if it's still the 1950s. I know I need to catch up, but that's nothing compared to the people who operate the Alamo.

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Posted in The academic life on December 11, 2008 7:38 PM |