"In many disciplines, for the majority of graduates, the Ph.D. indicates the logical conclusion of an academic career." Marc Bousquet

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I've got a lot to say in a more substantive post about what's it's like being on the other side of the hiring process, but I don't have time or energy for such a post today. I'll get around to it sooner or later.

In the meantime, totally awesome astrologer Rob Brezsny's reading of Sagittarius (my sign) this week might amuse some of you post-acs dealing with other people judging your career choices, both inside academe and out and among your friends and family who criticize you because they don't understand what in the world you are doing "throwing away" your fancy credentials and academic career:
Nineteenth-century Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev once called his fellow novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky a "pimple on the face of literature." But more than a hundred years after that crude dismissal, Dostoyevsky is a much more highly regarded and influential writer than Turgenev. Use this as inspiration, Sagittarius, if you have to deal with anyone's judgmental appraisals of you in the coming days. Their opinions will say more about them than about you. Refresh your understanding of the phenomenon of "projection," in which people superimpose their fantasies and delusions on realities they don't see clearly.

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