Being a professor isn’t the hardest job in the world, but it’s busier than many realize. This Fall, for me, much of that busyness will come from an administrative post, a post that will largely keep me out of the regular classroom. That fact, combined with the fact that I have some great students who want the chance to share a great book, means that it’s 2004 all over again, only with more people round the table. Should be fun, even if it means I don’t get to telegraph menacing looks when it turns out they haven’t done the legwork to understand the allusion in Chapter 89 to the Mexican-American War of 1846-48 or spent hours trying to figure out Chapter 35’s “Descartian vorticies” or charted the dimensions of God’s skeleton. For someone who enjoys the occasional menacing look, this will be tough, but I guess I can keep my brow at bay for a semester. It’s not about legwork. It’s about reading and talking.
Unfortunately, by the way, we’re full up. Word of mouth spreads fast, and it filled the available seats in our little room before I could announce the group openly. But if it goes as well as last time maybe I'll do it again. My admin post will last a few years, and I’m going to need people with whom I can share books like this. Be on the lookout.