Blogger hopelessness

So I added the bits to my template that allow me to creat expandable posts. (The Banned Books post, see below, is really long and I wanted to truncate it.) As I understood the directions, I would have to add the “span” code to any post I wanted expandable. However, now I find that every post has the “Read the Rest” link at the bottom, even those that do not require expanding. Help! Other Blogger users, what did I do wrong??

UPDATE Sharon Howard at Early Modern Notes pointed me to this helpful link, which explains how to get the Blogger expandable posts feature to work properly. The instructions are easy to follow even if you don’t know what you’re doing. Now my blog looks nice n’ professional again! Thanks Sharon!

Why We Need the ERA

Today’s Globe is reporting that the salary gap between female and male full professors at Boston University is increasing:

Among full professors, the highest faculty rank, the gender gap was $19,800 this year, with men making an average of $119,900, and women, $100,100.

How can university administrations think they can get away with this kind of blatant discrimination?

I read Banned Books!

I’ve read thirty-three of the 100 Most Banned Books. What amazes me is that most of these are children’s book, many of which I read in elementary school or in junior high. And for most of them I cannot understand what could be objectionable. A Wrinkle in Time? What on Earth is objectionable in that book?

  1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  8. Forever by Judy Blume
  9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
  12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
  17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  19. Sex by Madonna
  20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
  21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
  27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
  29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
  30. The Goats by Brock Cole
  31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
  32. Blubber by Judy Blume
  33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
  35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
  36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
  41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
  46. Deenie by Judy Blume
  47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
  50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
  51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
  55. Cujo by Stephen King
  56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
  58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
  62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
  64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  65. Fade by Robert Cormier
  66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
  67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
  69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Native Son by Richard Wright
  72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
  73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
  74. Jack by A.M. Homes
  75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
  77. Carrie by Stephen King
  78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
  80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
  81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
  82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
  83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
  87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
  88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
  89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
  91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
  93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
  94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
  95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
  98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
  100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

The Amazing Mr. Book

My parents came back from vacation and immediately asked me how productive my week with the dogs and cat had been. The discussion went something like this:

Dad: How was your week?
Rebecca (calm): Fine.
Dad: How’s your dissertation coming along?
Rebecca (agitated): Can we talk about something other than my dissertation? Please?
Dad (sounds puzzled): I just wanted to know how it’s coming.
Rebecca (contemplating the accumulated mass of writing otherwise known as Chapter Three): It’s going OK.
Mom: How long do you think your disser…
Rebecca (interrupting, and beginning to panic): Ack! Stop! Don’t say the D-word! I can’t handle it!
Mom: Can we call it something else?
Rebecca: No! It is what it is. Please can we talk about something else?
Mom: How about Mr. Dissertation?
Rebecca: Eh? What?
Dad: Or Mr. Book? It will be a book eventually, right?
Rebecca: Er…well…
Mom: How about “The Amazing Mr. Book”?
Rebecca: Amazing Mr…(trails off)
Dad: I like it. Your dissertation is hereby christened “The Amazing Mr. Book.” So, how is “The Amazing Mr. Book” coming?
Rebecca: It’s going OK….

I don’t know a single grad student who actually likes responding to the question “How is your dissertation going?” It’s right up there with “When will you be done?” I don’t know if calling my dissertation something other than a dissertation will help me talk about it with any more ease, but I’m willing to try anything at this point. So, The Amazing Mr. Book it is. As nicknames go, that isn’t so bad….

Pages Written, Words Counted

New Kid on the Hallway posted a chart of her progress on a paper she’s in the process of writing. I really, really like the chart idea.

I haven’t been counting so meticulously on Chapter Three (title: “The Child of a Pagan is a Pagan…The Child of a Christian is a Christian”: Baptism, Spiritual Kinship, and Race) but here’s the rough progression:

Aug 1: about 21 pages
Aug 15: about 42 pages
Sept. 1: about 60 pages
Sept. 10: about 72 pages
*chapter is too long and makes no sense*
Sept. 15: drastic cuts, we’re reduced to about 50 pages
*chapter still makes no sense*
Sept 23: chapter is holding steady at 45 pages and about 13,330 words
*chapter still lurches from argument to argument like a drunken sailor and still makes no sense*

But, the title is really cool.

On Tribble, The Final Episode…

…although I’ll be back with the sequel as soon as I’ve finished sifting through the more than thirty emails I’ve received from grad student and non-grad student bloggers.

For those of you who don’t know about this effort, here’s the short version: I’m interested in finding out if grad student bloggers really are at a disadvantage on the job market, as Tribble suggested. More than thirty responses is a lot, but I want more!!

Here’s the survey–please take it!

I had originally asked for humanities and social sciences bloggers, but some correspondence with Bill Tozier convinced me that wasn’t really representative or useful. So, science, math, and other non-humanities and social science bloggers, please report in for duty! If any lawbloggers read this site, I’d be interested in any professional harm lawbloggers have come to (something tells me lawblogs are an asset…)

Please, keep the responses coming! You all are awesome!

Tribble Fall Out Part II

I’ve gotten many responses to my appeal for blogging information from grad student and faculty bloggers in the humanities and social sciences. You’ve whet my appetite for more! Please go to the survey and email me your response as soon as possible: rgoetz AT fas DOT harvard DOT edu.

If you’ve already taken the survey, please consider linking to it from your blog. I could sure use the help publicizing this. It won’t do any good if I don’t get a critical mass of responses!

My fellow Cliopatriarch Ralph Luker notes a number of Tribble-responses below. The Little Professor says that Tribble has created an academic urban legend. And the folks at Crooked Timber are getting into the act here and here.

In the comments of my original post, Manan Ahmed and Scott Eric Kaufman suggest drafting a statement of blogging principles which bloggers could “sign” and then put a button indicating they’ve signed on their blogs. The idea is this might help mitigate fears that blogs are only good for gossip. Please use the comment space here to help give us some idea what that statement might look like. I think it’s a worthy idea.