Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas / MLA good wishes

A belated merry Christmas to everyone who's reading this, and good luck to everyone who's headed out to MLA this weekend!

It occurs to me that in the Regency romance of the academic job market, I have become the Elder Sister Who Married the Poor Curate, and consequentially can be of no help whatsoever in bringing the younger ones Into Society. But you do have my very good wishes for a successful Season.

Or, to employ a somewhat less embarrasing comparison: may you have a fine three days of hunting, catch the deer, boar, fox, or knight of your choice, and have to exchange your winnings with nobody.

10 comments:

Ceirseach said...

But winnings that consist of kisses are most fun when exchanged.

Fretful Porpentine said...

Alas, I have never gotten so lucky at the MLA, although I'm sure that someone has... :)

Renaissance Girl said...

Hilarious metaphor, by the way. I'm envious.

Bardiac said...

Ah, brilliant!

I'm the spinster who's living in the midst of nowhere in genteel poverty, who must not be mentioned in polite company. :/

What Now? said...

I love the MLA as Regency romance!

Fretful Porpentine said...

Bardiac, I'm not sure people who have tenure get to be spinsters in this particular metaphor :)

RG, What Now? -- glad you enjoyed the idea!

undine said...

Brilliant!

Bardiac said...

Hmm, maybe not. But I've seen the sneers of disgust that typical MLA-goers get on their face when they see the school on my nametag. And I've gotten those sneers aplenty from grad students, too.

And seriously, I'll be damned if I'm going to have to be married, even in a metaphor! :) Maybe I can be the spinster who lives with a friend?

Fretful Porpentine said...

Ooo, you can be someone who has Sunk Beneath Reproach! How about being the proprietor of a gaming-hell or something?

Bardiac said...

Oh, "sunk beneath reproach" has a nice ring to it!