Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Koheleth

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A … Continue reading

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State II

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

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The Dysfunctions of the State University

I fell asleep early tonight because I didn’t wish to face the world any longer, but was awakened shortly thereafter by a phone call from one of my few remaining student friends in my graduate program. He started the last … Continue reading

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The Bright Side of Life

The bright side of realizing that I have absolutely no hope of securing a tenure-track position this season no matter what I say in my application, that there is no way any amount of career success could ever allow me … Continue reading

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Perfectionism Is the Obstacle, Not the Path

Confession: I have thought for a long time (that is, since I was 19 or so) it would be beneficial for me to become somewhat more organized and productive than I am. I’ve always imagined that as involving a few … Continue reading

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Contra Weber

Productivity is a matter of survival, not a matter of ethics. Ethics concern personal virtue, not quanta of beneficial acts.

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