I’ve just got an unexpected New Year’s surprise. An edited volume I’d long given up on is actually about to come out. I received a publisher’s agreement an hour ago. It’s been an unlucky volume that hasn’t been able to find a stable publisher since 2015. In the process, of course, it changed a lot.
I’m glad to start the year with an entirely unexpected publication.
I’m starting 2018 with a trip to NYC. I’m leaving on Wednesday and will come back on Monday. In NYC I will:
- Speak at a conference
- Visit the book fair where my book is sold
- Have lunch with a friend from Ukraine I haven’t seen for exactly 20 years
- See a Broadway show with my sister
- Visit ABC Kitchens and enjoy their fresh seafood
- Meet up with a friend who’s been coming to this conference for years to interview for jobs and now will finally come as a TT professor who already has a job
- Go to an exhibition of Ukrainian art
- Visit MOMA (which is the only place in NYC I invariably like)
- Go to a place called “Corn on the Cob” because my sister swears by it
If somebody knows of any other NYC pastimes I will enjoy, please give suggestions. My Sunday afternoon and evening will be wide open.
Turns out there are bald eagles in this area. And I thought these creatures I was seeing were vultures.
In the closing weeks of 2017, I conducted a mental experiment. I imagined I was working for a less obscure college somewhere on the coasts. And the result was that I couldn’t write anything at all on the blog. I’m sure everybody here noticed. There’s nothing I want to say that can survive the censorship that exists in those places.
If I hadn’t come to work here, in the deep Midwest, 9 years ago, I would have thought that this kind of area is where fanaticism and intolerance live. But now I know different.