Sour Grapes, or Waking Up?

Recently, a friend I respect told me that she was concerned that my writing on academia came across as though I had “sour grapes.” She was mostly talking about the writing on this blog, although now that this blog is a series on The Chronicle of Higher...

The Uglier Side of Academia

“The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.” -James Baldwin This quote came across my Twitter feed today. (It was a RT by someone I follow of a tweet by someone I don’t know, so I’m...

Freelance Academic Manifesto

So, what does it mean to be a freelance academic? From my first post on this topic: To be a Freelance Academic is to recognize this bifurcation that we contingent professors face, and then to try to mend it. So, on the note of “mending,” here are some...

What Does It Mean to Be a Freelance Academic?

Those who’ve actually been reading this blog for a while (not that there’s been much to read until recently) might have noticed dramatic changes in the last couple of weeks: I changed the website design from one that was basically an online CV for an...

This Writer’s Writer’s Block

After my last post, I gave more thought to why I hadn’t been writing on what is, essentially, my professional blog. I came up with a very specific reason: fear. Every time I sat down to give thoughtful analysis to the topic that has been at the front of my mind...

On Not Writing

Recently, I was having a heart-to-heart-over-coffee in order to avoid grading papers with a colleague of mine. She said that she wanted to spend the summer writing a fun book, not academic research, because ever since she was a kid she only ever wanted to be a writer....