There is something quite lovely about reading everybody’s early MLA posts and knowing that, not only am I totally not going there this year (for only the second time since 1996), I’m not even on the same continent. Why is it that avoiding what ought by all rights to be an intellectually stimulating gathering of colleagues produces such… relief?
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