# 2021 09 01 tweets

A HOUSE VISIT????

Dude. Sally Rooney. Normal People. Read it if you haven’t. It’s very good company to be in!

Dang, leave it to me to be overly literal at the end of the day. Sigh.

Yeah, and also thanks for letting me off the hook with that.

Kristin!!! Sending huge virtual hugs your way.

I’ve only been back to mine once. Or rather, I’ve only attempted to go back to mine once: I left my keys at home. We have all completely forgotten how to office.

I’m making a second attempt today. It will be interesting to see what I forget this time.

We’re beginning the review of applications for these two positions, and we’d love to see one from you! Get them in ASAP at the links in the thread. @humcommons https://twitter.com/kfitz/status/1430881651740008450

There’s an opinion piece in that increasingly baitclicky higher ed rag this afternoon that presents itself as considering whether it’s ever okay to “enunciate” That Slur in the classroom. /1

Always with the attempted referential distance of quotation marks, but always there. /4

The author and the publisher choose to pursue this question, however, in a piece that “enunciates” That Slur OVER AND OVER. Multiple times per paragraph. /3

Not “use” That Slur, obviously, but say it out loud in the context of, say, a quotation. And it goes on to note that a number of faculty have been disciplined for doing so. /2

I honestly do not care what the answer is. This marks the end of my engagement with that publication. I’ll be sorry to miss out on pieces like my friend @MichaelBerube1’s excellent column this week on protecting faculty from social media shitstorms. /8

That publication:

$$a$$ does not care
$$b$$ was aiming to stir up reactions like mine
$$c$$ both $$a$$ and $$b$$ /7

How, I ask the author and the publisher, might someone who has actually been subjected to That Slur in its original context — not safely within “quotation marks” — feel when pummeled by it in a professional publication? /6

I — a white woman from the deep South who grew up with That Slur all around me — felt gut-punched by the first paragraph. Another few sentences in and I couldn’t continue. /5

But I cannot support a publication that is willing to assault its readers so blatantly and so pointlessly. So… /fin

I literally walked into R’s office and said that.

For obvious reasons, I had a Specific Point of View when I wrote this essay, but I’ll stand by its core principles: Citations should be usable and consistent. And beyond that, ¯\_$$ツ$$_/¯ https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-future-of-academic-style-why-citations-still-matter-in-the-age-of-google/

I could not agree more.

Could that be an abbreviation of “DH Research Highlights,” at noon on Wednesday, featuring presentations by recent DH@MSU seed grant recipients?

$$But on the larger point, the non\-working\-together of Outlook/Google calendars is a nightmare\.$$

So excited to see this project move forward! https://twitter.com/HuMetricsHSS/status/1438543052155625485

I… this one cuts deep. Especially here. Especially this week. https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/our-faculty-success-initiative-redefines-everything-you-thought-you-knew-about-faculty-and-success

Congratulations!!! I hope it was fab.

I’m teaching a grad seminar in the spring called “Peculiar Genres of Academic Writing.” I may have to add this to the semester’s work. https://twitter.com/pmckelveyphd/status/1439637356043292676

This aside, the course is going to focus on note taking as an act of writing, on blogging/op-eds/other forms of public writing, on reviews and evaluations, and on grant proposals. I’d love suggestions for really great examples of these and other peculiar genres.

Yep! I’ve got Ahrens on the reading list. :)

Ooh, that’s a good one.

Ha! I think proposals will figure as a larger category, but I want to focus particularly on grant/fellowship proposals, given their total weirdness and their utter necessity. Book proposals are also strange but much closer to home.

Replying to @remikalir, @anterobot and @LSEImpactBlog

Thanks for this link! I like that idea quite a lot, especially in its intersections with both reviews and public writing.

Absolutely! I’ll be happy to make it available.

Thanks so much for this! It’s great to know the book is still out there doing the work. Do you happen to have an online version of that syllabus? I’d love to see it!

RT @humcommons: We're looking for a User Engagement Specialist! Please check it out and pass on to your networks. https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/507722/specialist-outreachfixed-term h…

Here in MI we’re on the western edge of the eastern time zone, so it stays lighter late but the sun comes up at like 8am in the winter. I might trade.

It’s so true. I’ve gone from being totally resistant on the scheduling side to being a true believer, irritated with my non-Outlook-using colleagues that I can’t just check their calendars and name a time that I know will work.

I caved and turned on the heat this morning. I felt bad about it but not all that bad.

Brrrrr.

They are way too adorable. But also tell them to stop growing. I need them to remain smol.

Christ in a sidecar, this is terrifying. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/23/robert-kagan-constitutional-crisis/

Yep. And depending on what happens in 2022, they may have an all too receptive audience for it.

FedEx has become disastrously bad. I had a package coming from NJ to MI which took a direct route, but spent over 24 hours on the ground 80 miles from here, and then another 24 hours on the ground less than 10 miles from here.

Seriously.

Huge, huge, huge congratulations to a stellar new class of MacArthur Fellows, including @safiyanoble @NicoleFleetwoo2 and @KeeangaYamahtta !!!

Unbelievable. Or, sadly, all too believable. I got a notification yesterday of a package being sent via FedEx from NC. I was not pleased.

PS: I wrote new sentences today. They actually belong in the project I’ve been struggling with. Some of them are not terrible! I am thinking of awarding myself a prize. Or at least a cookie.

Love it.

This horror story is down to everyone who could get vaccinated but chooses not to. It’s not about your freedom. It’s about consequences for all of us. https://twitter.com/summerbrennan/status/1442806675325476867

I feel this so deeply. $$Hope things get better soon\!$$

Whoa.

Dreams are something! Last night I dreamed I was doing something important but got distracted as things morphed into one of my recurrent dream tropes — at which point I thought “oh crap, this is a dream, I fell asleep, I have to wake up and get back to that important thing.” 🤪

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If the non-terrible sentences I wrote a couple of days ago warranted a cookie, I think turning 500 words of bumpy outline into 1000 words of non-crappy prose today warrants chocolate ice cream for lunch.