Brian Croxall, “The Absent Presence: Today’s Faculty” – read the whole thing; along with Mark Slouka’s “Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School,” this is a frighteningly accurate portrait of how little America cares for the sort of education its own Founders had. From the post: Again, I’m not at the MLA this year because it’s not economically feasible. I had hoped to be here for job interviews—as well as to speak as a member of this panel discussion. This was my third year on the job market, and I applied to every job in North America that I was even remotely qualified for: all 41 of them. Unfortunately, I did not receive any interviews, despite having added two articles accepted by peer-reviewed journals, five new classes, and several new awards and honors to my vita. According to my records, applying to those 41 jobs cost me $257.54. I was prepared to pay the additional expenses of attending the MLA ($125 for registration, $279.20 for a plane ticket, approximately $180.00 for lodging with a roommate at a total of $584.20) out of pocket so that I could have a chance of getting one of those 41 jobs.  I was even luckier than most faculty (remember, most of today’s faculty are contingent) in that my institution was willing to provide me with $200 support to attend conferences throughout the academic year. But once it became apparent that I wasn’t going to be having any interviews, I could no longer justify the outlay of $400.00 out of a salary that puts me only $1,210 above the 2009 Federal Poverty Guidelines.  (And yes, that means I do qualify for food stamps while working a full-time job as a professor!)
Darren Rowse, “How to Make $30,000 a Year Blogging” – I’m thinking that if I monetize the blog, people will actually promote it more. I don’t know if this is a bad logic or not, but it does seem to me that many dismiss the things given for free, and think that a lack of money surrounding a thing means a lack of seriousness. I dunno – your thoughts are welcome.