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Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies
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Aug 19, 09

Read in August, 2009

Haha, just blew through this one on this hot afternoon in Sellwood (in the library and the nearby cafe) when I should be working on other things. The writing is pretty bad, and after the first few pages I wondered if I would be able to get through, but (as suspected) familiarity with the people involved (two degrees of separation) and a dark fascination (ok, and some familiarity) with the seedy side of liberal arts faculty got me through it. I actually liked her comments on teaching and the academic job market--nothing really new or insightful but still kind of amusing and affirming.

e.g., "It was a move out of a John Hughes movie and very flattering, but all you can really do with a twenty-year-old surfer dude flirting with you is be amused and then have some big fantasy about it later on when you are very much by yourself."

I also liked "It [the Christmas pageant in NY:] has a real donkey, so the boys were in heaven."

And "People looked better on teaching days." True that.

Well, now I'll return it to the Multnomah system just a few hours after claiming it, so Melody can get it that much sooner.

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Melody You are all heart!

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