A fellow Hispanist has started a Liberation Front whose goal is the following:
Here are the sentences against which I am in open rebellion:
1. Writing is an onerous, and also meaningless exercise you must undertake for form’s sake.
2. Publishing is almost impossible.
3. Teaching is dangerous since doing it responsibly can cost you your job.
4. Any service or administrative experience proves you have no intellect.
In this liberation front we say instead that writing is fun, publishing is easy, teaching is a pleasant social and artistic experience, and administration is creative. It is an antidote.
The moment I read this post, I became enamored of the entire idea. I am also exhausted by the endless whining that pervades the academic world, so I want to join this liberation front.
Let’s liberate ourselves from the erroneous idea that a good academic is a perennial miserable, overworked, suffering creature!