Wednesday, July 17, 2013

You Can't Recall My Book, Don't You Know Who I Am?

Re: this comment yesterday, here's a typical encounter with a full professor.

To be fair, not a typical but not a rare encounter with a full professor, one that, bless Serendipity, started my day just a few hours after I posted that comment.


  1. Interesting that the three people who read this blog and can DIRECTLY relate to this post and have read this post haven't commented. Kayfabe!

  2. Maybe they, like me, can't make sense out of the post.

  3. Nah, email tells me they got it. One has been swapping war stories with me.

  4. speaking of full professor melissa harris-perry, another one of these full professors (you can always tell a full professor, but you can't tell them much) here's what i attempted to tell her - in an email i sent her july 2 and signed with my meat-world name and address - it refers to and was prompted by gary leupp's open letter to her

    i see leupp has written her two follow-up open letters, which i haven't read yet and am not able to comment upon at this time

    "I agree with Prof. Gary Leupp's Open Letter to you

    His analysis is correct. I hope you will come to see this. Snowden is acting in the best interests of humankind. Our government is not. As the famous hymn puts it

    Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
    In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side

    Our time is now.

    Whose side are you on?

    with best wishes,
    [meat world name and address]"

  5. speaking of full professors:

    Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

    Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

    “Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

  6. Bubble Blower!! Big props.

    Soft science profs tend to propound arguments that support their feelings about the matter under discussion. Poli-Sci, Soci, Hist., etc.

    Humanist profs tend to lion- or demon- ize the texts of those whom they seek to interpret based on, quite often, their own interests.

    There are always exceptions. Sometimes.