Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth


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* Peter Jackson is in negotiations to direct The Hobbit after all.

* Why doesn’t Superman cure cancer?

* The end of Journolist. How will Commissar Klein transmit our marching orders now?

* And incoming MLA President Michael Bérubé explains why no graduate student will ever be happy again.

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  1. of course berube’s right — it is structural. @ least in my department, this is a major source of frustration: the refusal of professors to admit/acknowledge/think about this, and actually maybe give us graduate students some more reasonable advice (instead of the constant: oh, you’re at *this* school; you have nothing to worry about!).


    June 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

  2. The other side of this — if academic employment is increasingly structured like a pyramid scheme and there is no “recovery” is in sight — is what advice there even is to give. Perhaps we’re all just screwed.


    June 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    • no, you’re right. i didn’t mean so much ‘advice’ as just…well, a dose of realism with all the optimism. i suppose it’s less of a big deal (though still a big deal) with students who are already in graduate school (like you said: we’re just screwed). but as berube seems to know, naive faith in recovery is especially pernicious when it comes to directing students who are in the application process.


      June 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      • I definitely feel as if it would be borderline immortal to encourage someone to go to graduate school in the humanities without some very cold cost-benefit analysis. Many professors seem not to share this judgment.


        June 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm

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