Friday, January 21, 2005
The academic buffet
So, all the coursepacks for everyone’s classes are in boxes in the mailroom. “Language and the Human Experience.” They all look so interesting. “Neanderthals.” The philosophy coursepacks must be elsewhere. “Body Politics: Power, Sex and Nonverbal Communication.” I want to take some of the coursepacks, but why? I won’t have time to read them. I can’t keep up with my own field. “The Sociology of Anarchism.” I get this way in libraries to. I want to read it all—an intellectual sluttiness that has made it impossible to specialize and has clearly inhibited my career.