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?
- Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
- Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
- Forever by Judy Blume
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
- My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
- Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
- A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Sex by Madonna
- Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
- The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
- Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
- In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
- The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
- The Witches by Roald Dahl
- The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
- Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
- The Goats by Brock Cole
- Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
- Blubber by Judy Blume
- Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
- Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
- We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
- Final Exit by Derek Humphry
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- The Pigman by Paul Zindel
- Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
- Deenie by Judy Blume
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
- The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
- Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
- A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
- Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
- Cujo by Stephen King
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
- The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
- Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
- Ordinary People by Judith Guest
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
- Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
- Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
- Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
- Fade by Robert Cormier
- Guess What? by Mem Fox
- The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
- The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
- Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
- Jack by A.M. Homes
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
- Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
- Carrie by Stephen King
- Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
- On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
- Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
- Family Secrets by Norma Klein
- Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
- The Dead Zone by Stephen King
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
- Private Parts by Howard Stern
- Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
- Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
- Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
- Sex Education by Jenny Davis
- The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
- Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
- How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
- View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
- The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
- 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?
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.