27 December 2007

Chicago, Chicago...that lit-conf'rence town...

Ah, the MLA. A time to smell the fear on besuited job supplicants, among whom I alas will not be, as my fifty plus applications fell on deaf ears.

Therefore my sole responsibilty during this annual theorizing bacchanal will be to moderate a panel that the organizing committee buried with a late night weekend time slot. With any luck the participants will outnumber the audience. I suppose that would be bad luck.

I've been to Chicago a few times in my life, nearly each time for a literature conference of one kind or another. It's a great town, but I've generally had the (bad) luck to be here either in the chill winds of winter or the humid swells of summer. Spring and fall have eluded me in the Second City, much like job interviews this go round.

I'm waiting for the conference to kick off proper-like, because it can be pretty amusing watching academicus literarius in their equivalent of mating season: there's a great amount of preening and opportunistic grovelling alongside a healthy dose of self-promotion. And of course drinking, and one of my favorite things about literary scholars getting drunk is that talk at one point generally devolves to arguing over the deeper meanings of the songs that float across the bar's jukebox.

So let's see where it all goes...

3 comments:

momentary academic said...

I wish that you had gotten an interview because you're awesome.

Grad School Reject said...

I recommend walking up to a group of stuffed shirts and saying, "Then I said, 'What is an author?' !" and then laughing at all of the Foucault humor that floats through the room.

That, or drink a lot. Either way - good times in Chi-City.

cuff said...

GSR: I actually thought about shaving my head, buying some funny glasses and a turtleneck and pretending to be Foucault, back from the dead. Then I came to my senses.

MA: Thanks. I'll need to remember to send cash with my applications next year...