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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Nine moments of academic Schadenfreude.

We interrupt this inadvertent hiatus to bring you a movie! Mrs Philocrites took great delight in showing me nine short films parodying academic job interviews for freshly minted literature PhDs at the Modern Language Association's annual convention. If your path has led you through the valley of the shadow of Humanities anytime in the last couple of decades, these clips will probably make you laugh, too — especially if you are, as one of Mrs Philocrites' classmates puts it, "pomo-phobic."

P.S. I may reemerge from being swamped with work soon. Or maybe not!

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 20 January 2007 at 9:47 PM

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January 20, 2007 11:19 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hysterical! I loved the comedian's line--"If there's one thing I've learned in academics, it's that just because you can't find it, and it's not there, and there's no evidence and it makes other people angry to ask the doesn't mean it's not there, you know?"

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January 21, 2007 06:49 PM | Permalink for this comment

I really liked the Fear Critic:

Interviewer: "I don't really understand your work at all. Can you explain it in a little bit clearer terms

Candidate: "I don't see what benefit you would gain from really prying further into the sort of researches I'm involved in. So why don't we move along to something more substantial and relevant ...."

What a nut! So glad this is just a short film!

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