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beatnikprof

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Associate #Professor of Literature (Drama, #Shakespeare , 20th Century Anglophone) & #Playwright. PhD University of London, MFA Columbia U. Check out my book Staging the Past in the Age of Thatcher: The History We Haven’t Had (Palgrave UK). #Democrat #Episcopalian / #Matthew25 Christian / #ExistentialHumanist Passions: #theater / #theatre - #literature - #film - #ScienceFiction - #music - #writing / #playwriting - #cooking - #travel - #comedy “Keep cool, but care.” #ThomasPynchon
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beatnikprof, to DoctorWho
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“Why does a land mine have lights?”
“Capitalism.”

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Ah yes, a grade grubbing email written with ChatGPT. 🤦‍♂️

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I'm working on my paper about and . Here are the opening lines:
"April 4, 1968. It was one of the days when those alive would forever remember where they were when they heard that Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis, Tennessee. For James Baldwin, the burdens were all that greater, the devastating news all that more painful."

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I just learned that Steven Moffat wrote tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and I’m delighted to no end. The RTD/Moffat collaboration yielded riches, Moffat has written some of the best episodes (Blink, A Christmas Carol), and chef’s kiss to the Matt Smith era. And now he’s writing for Ncuti Gatwa. So excited.

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Sol Invictus is a lie.

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The last grade has been entered. One of the worst semesters (barring the Covid ones) in recent memory is now in the books.

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With regard to that tequila shot, mistakes were made.

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I rewatched the Lily Gladstone episode of Reservation Dogs last night. Remind me again why she doesn’t have an Oscar.

beatnikprof, to academia
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Well, this is new.
Just got a grade-grubbing email from a student who was trying to grub the grade he already had. It truly is an age of wonders. #professorlife #professor #academia #academicchatter

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RIP Alice Munro
“Because if she let go of her grief even for a minute it would only hit her harder when she bumped into it again.”

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Morpheus: Jesus fucking Christ did you just take both pills?

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@chronomyst Purple.

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This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and and go to your full-time job with benefits.

You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland, you get a PhD, and you're unemployable.

beatnikprof,
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@chronomyst Why oh why didn’t I take the blue pill?

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There are songs that rip your heart out, devastate the soul. The greatest of these is “Perfect Way to Die” by Alicia Keys.

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What is the point of ? There is no engagement, and there is no joy.

beatnikprof,
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@ColesStreetPothole There’s a lot of yelling. A lot.

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Just received the first grade grubbing email of the semester. 🙄

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For my upper division classes, there is a research project due at the end of the term. 3 weeks before they have a literature review due so I can make sure the students are going generally in the right direction. For the literature review, they have to list their sources (some peer-reviewed) and describe how they will use said sources. I green light the sources. The new thing is not to use those sources I approved but some crap sources. 🤦‍♂️ What gives?!

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@OrionKidder Which is exactly what happened. Plus I have the receipts, so they’re doubly screwed.

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I’m starting to post final grades.
I await the deluge of emails. #academia #academicchatter

Gif of Jon Snow standing alone facing down a charging calvary

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All my students now were born after 9/11. I tell them I’m a being from another century. And I often feel that in my bones. I look around and am baffled by the world we have built.

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beatnikprof, (edited ) to random
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What’s the maximum number of shirts one can bring to the pookie? Asking for a friend.

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Weekend in New York, so you will be shocked to learn that the weather is crap.

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Where do you live and how do you feel about it?

Obviously, don't tell me exactly where you live, no actual addresses please! You can be as vague as you like.

I live in Central Missouri in the U.S.

Pros:

This is an absolutely beautiful place, green rolling hills, lots of rivers, lakes, ponds, and natural springs, cool caves to explore.

Lots of farming here, so great access to quality fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and dairy.

It's relatively inexpensive to live here compared with other states, because it's a "flyover".

I'm close enough to three major cities, that it's an easy day trip, and I'm about halfway to anywhere in the U.S.

We have one of the best Conservation departments in the U.S. and this is one of the few things that is a bipartisan issue. Lots of awesome nature programs that are free or cheap, state parks, conservation areas, bird watching, hunting, boating, foraging available to everyone.

Cons:

Yeah, it's a big one, it is a RED STATE, while a lot of the cities are blue, there is a large rural population, that votes red. Abortion is not legal here. People often vote against their own self interest.

While I'm not against responsible gun ownership, lots of people aren't responsible, and people have access to guns that definitely should not.

We have very few employee protections here, while the cost of living is relatively low compared with other places, it's taken years to get to a $12 minimum wage, and it's still not enough.

beatnikprof,
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@RickiTarr
Northern NJ just outside of NYC.

Pros: The cultural life is fantastic. Theatre, music (rock, hip hop, jazz, classical), film etc etc. This is one of the most diverse areas of the nation. Cuisines from across the world. Multiple teams in every sport. Bluest of blue areas. No one is going after libraries or Planned Parenthood. It is easy to get to natural beauty.
Cons: It is expensive. It is crowded. It is congested.

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