Monday, July 14, 2014

Afternoon mail call

From College Misery, June 20, 2012.

Real Goddamned Mail: Summer Edition.

  • Do you know how long I've read and supported this blog? Since Fab took a vacation - from what, changing fonts? - the number of posts has plummeted. Why aren't you putting out more call for posts, or contacting faculty to get new material for the blog. Traffic drives blogs. Posts drive traffic. This place is going out of business. All of your shitty ads should just be for half price.

  • I have terrible internet service where I am this summer. Would it be really hard for you to maybe email me all the posts individually? I wouldn't want any reprinted articles, but everything else would be great. I really have a hard time reading it the normal way.

  • I've been reading the blog for three years and nobody has still explained what a thirsty is.

  • Xxxxxxx described a faculty member that sounds a lot like me. I'm sure of it, because I'm in the Xxxxxxx and I was recently at a conference. I think you should warn him about being so obvious. He didn't say anything incriminating, but I don't want my business on the Internet. 

  • I'm a student, so I don't expect you to answer. But you are always complaining about students asking stupid questions. I thought there was no such things as a stupid question, only stupid teachers.

  • Is there any way to block Xxxxxxx and Xxxxxxxx from commenting on my posts? Every time I put something up, they both chime in with their ridiculous remarks. It's clear they are not talking about the same issue as I am. They're both junior college teachers and I try to clearly show how my question or issue revolves around an R1 school. Their answers aren't just wrong, they actually take the focus off of my question, and then the conversation devolves terribly. I know they have a right to be here, but short of telling them NOT to respond, what can we do?

  • You have a graphic that looks like me. Seriously. You used it on the post titled Xxxxxxxxx. I know it's obscured and fuzzy, but I think it actually might be an old faculty page photo of mine. Now, if that's just a little inside joke or something, I guess it's no harm. But I protect my anonymity on here pretty stridently. You didn't use the photo on my post or anything, but I think my face might be a little recognizable to some people and I'd hate to be associated with an angry post.

  • What's with this "read more" thing? I had a post up last week that was not terribly long, and you cut it in half with a "read more" link. I think I should be able to decide to put that in there if  I want. I edited it out and now my paragraphs have huge spaces. Don't we have a tacit rule that I'll provide you content if you'll leave my posts alone?

  • I have a colleague who DOUSES himself in cologn but never showers. Would that make for a funny story?

  • Xxxxxxx is a douchebag. Why do you let him comment on everything? I know you have an IP blocker, and I vote you use it on him. Or Xxxxxxx. She bugs the shit out of me.

  • Is there any way you can get Walter back? This place needs a kick in the pants. It is so dull lately with this UVa president thing. That fucking story means nothing to the vast majority of readers, yet you're covering it breathlessly like it was the moon landing or an asteroid coming at the Earth.

  • What the fuck is it with hamster fur and that shit?

  • Is anyone reading these emails I send?

  • Ask Hiram if Joetta included any photos.


  1. In answer to "Is anyone reading these emails I send?" No.

  2. Leslie (and everybody else who moderated CM, and dealt with the RGM), was/is a saint. I hope they're all enjoying a well-deserved rest from all the ridiculousness.

    I'm also reminded of the apparently-frequent correspondent who was under the impression that "junior college"/"juco" is, besides being an anachronism, an insult. Just by itself, that sums up much of what is wrong with the more privileged portions of the American higher ed. system. I understand not wanting to take on the most difficult front-line teaching oneself, but sneering at those who do the work is just plain wrong (but all too common, including within 4-year institutions).

  3. eh, this site is fine. Could use more Alpacas and THE DUCK but otherwise./...

  4. Huh, I guess I've been wrong about this site, RYS and CM - I thought cranky was ok but not internally. We eat our own.

    1. Sometimes, when they espouse absurd ideas such as postmodernism, they deserve it. Even when they don't, sometimes they're delicious, like Greta.

  5. "I'm a student, so I don't expect you to answer. But you are always complaining about students asking stupid questions. I thought there was no such things as a stupid question, only stupid teachers."

    Cliched writing reveals cliched thinking. Clearly, this kid didn't form this idea: this kid was told this, and is repeating it like a parrot. It isn't true: one particularly stupid question because it is SO thoughtless is "I couldn't be bothered to come to class, did we do anything IMPORTANT?"


  6. Ben, do the crazies come out for you, too?

    1. Sadly, no. I never shy away from an argument, especially when I have a pseudonymous cover. When I started AWC, I looked forward to mocking people who complain. After the first week or so, they disappeared. To be honest, I'm disappointed.

    2. So they were basically just bullies. No surprise.

  7. I often wondered how many of the emails (the RGM to the RGM?) were sincere. Some seemed just over-the-top enough to be parody, but then there's Poe's Law.