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Now I’m a Needy Author

One of the fun parts of being an acquisitions editor at Oxford University Press was, if I’m being honest, having an expense account in New York City. It was especially fun in the late 80s, when excess was a way

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Things You Should Know Before You Publish a Book

A few years ago I was desperately seeking a book contract. Things weren’t going well on the project I’d spent years working on, and I wanted a quick fix. In a frenzy I put together a crappy proposal for an

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Running and Writing Have in Common

When people ask me what running and writing have in common, I tend to look at the ground and say it might have something to do with discipline: You do both of those things when you don’t feel like it,

Posted in Selected Essays, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Uncategorized

The Trouble with Mansplaining

From Inside Higher Ed: Who can blame Dorothy when she whispers into the Scarecrow’s ear, “I think I’ll miss you most of all.” Of the three losers she collects en route to the Emerald City, he’s the least annoying. You

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Minimal Value of the Personal Statement

It came as no surprise to me that the Rhodes Scholarship folks have become queasy about the authorship of their application essays. They now ask students to cross their hearts and swear to the following statement: “I attest that this essay is

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Did We All Read the Same Manuscript?

At the end of a recent faculty meeting, I proudly proffered a box of my homemade fudge. My colleagues immediately questioned its provenance since I don’t cook. Ever. No, I insisted, I made it, but I need you to “workshop”

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Gift of Accountability

As he warmed the mug into which he would pour the first of my three cups of decaf, Kirk, the barista at the coffee shop where I show up every day to struggle to put words on my computer screen,

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Should We Study Bad Writing

It happens once a year or so. A student will suggest that we study something that is badly written. “I know,” she’ll say, “Let’s read Twilight!” While I recognize this as a ploy, a way to get credit for a book they

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Held Hostage at a University Press

About six months before my friend David finished writing his dissertation, the editor in chief at a good university press asked his adviser if he had any promising students. The adviser recommended David. The editor solicited a book proposal, and

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

On the Pleasure of Hating

My brother started his career in the corporate world, moved into human resources, and then made the switch to Legal Aid. Recently he got a job in academic administration. Even though we’d grown up with professor parents, I suspected he

Posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

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