Too Early

It’s way too early to congratulate me on becoming department Chair because our Dean has a maniacal dislike of foreign languages. He might not sign off on it and instead appoint somebody externally who will prepare the program for elimination.

People are complacent because they don’t get how much he hates us. I grew up in the USSR, so I’m uncommonly sensitive to the administration’s disposition.

An Artist Eats

“I don’t like this turkey,” Klara said, eyeing with disgust the beautiful bird I cooked. “I like the turkey I got at school.”

“And how was it different?”

“It was pink and square. It was very, very square, Mommy! I ate all of it!”

It’s all about the color and the shape with this child.