August 18, 2003

Reason #1,198 for not getting the PhD.

Read this and weep.

I'm thinking the real "prick" here isn't the professor in question--neat how a couple of people who don't like you personally can destroy your entire academic career, isn't it?

Posted by Big Arm Woman at August 18, 2003 07:49 AM

Interesting. How do you think the line "Jeez, why're you such a prick about tuition?" would play to the average administrator?

Posted by: ManFromPorlock at August 18, 2003 03:07 PM

And we wonder why degrees mean so little these days? The man should have been given an award, not chastised, or persecuted, as it were. The Beat Goes On.

Posted by: Indigo at August 18, 2003 06:56 PM

Another advantage of revision that he mentions is that you can detect when you sound whiney and self-centered and just throw the whole essay away. He has not done that here. You get a sort of boring earnestness as a result. Being a prick is probably an input rather than an output, but I'm not sure. I think it's a constellation.

I don't know; take a look at Theodore Roethke's ``Last Class'' in _On the Poet and His Craft_.

The Administration's job has always been fund raising and riot control.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at August 19, 2003 05:09 AM

It's hard to write about the destruction of one's career without being self-centered. I don't think he's whining. He's complaining, quite legitimately, that he lost his job because he held students to high standards. He's quite right that students need feedback on how to revise their writing.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs at August 20, 2003 08:22 PM