About Me

“My new favourite blog is by a Ukrainian-born scholar of Hispanic Literature named “Clarissa” – she doesn’t reveal her surname or some other would-be identifying information, like her university’s name – whose work I first encountered on Jonathan Mayhew’s Stupid Motivational Tricks (Scholarly Writing and How to Get it Done) blog, where she frequently posts tart, uncommon-sounding comments.”

” No other academic blog I know of so beautifully conveys the author’s love of academia, specifically the love of being a professor.”

“Her prose is a jumping, her tone is unsparing, and her focus is wide.”

And you thought nobody liked me! Well, maybe that wasn’t you but somebody surely thought that.

P.S. Finally, somebody applied the word “pellucid” to my writing. For somebody who used to hear that her writing is clunky, Germanic, and pedestrian this is a big deal.

10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. That’s from my good friend Bob Basil. I went to grad school with him. Good to know he shares my good taste in blogs.


      1. And ‘child’ too (how it’s written in female given names IIRC).

        In this case though I was riffing on it as cliched Ukrainian ending for family names, like -ski for Polish or -Czech -ová (for women)


  2. Clarissa, I think that this is about you. I think that you’re not pregnant. You’re delusional. I am saying this after I heard on TV that a woman doing heavy physical exercise was rushed into the hospital with excruciating back pain. As it turns out, she delivered a 6 pounds healthy baby. She did not know she was pregnant and, apparently, her husband had a vasectomy 4 years ago. It can’t get more weird than that. Maybe your pregnancy is something similar. I hope not.


    1. I’m always amazed at the health of people who manage to carry a pregnancy to term and not notice it. These are VERY physically healthy people.

      Mentally, I’m not so sure. 🙂 But I’d like to have their kind of physical health.


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