Color Sunday Barnaby: March comes in like…

As has been noted previously on this blog, a color Sunday Barnaby ran from 1946 to 1948 — apt, because when in 1942 Crockett Johnson showed cartoonist (and PM Art Editor) Charles Martin a Sunday strip, Martin then shared the strip with PM Comics Editor Hannah Baker.  She decided to run it, beginning Barnaby‘s ten-year run.  Apart from these…

What Do Professors Do All Week?

Starting last Saturday, I began chronicling just what I do every day — in an effort to make visible the (usually invisible) work that academics do.  Now that this week-long experiment has concluded, I am glad to take your questions. Q: 62 hours!  Was that more or less than you expected? A: I honestly had…

What Do Professors Do All Day? Friday

Yes, this week-long series is coming to an end today.  This is the final installment in my attempt — via a brief autobiographical account of my daily activities — to explain precisely how academics spend their days.  Tomorrow, I’ll offer some reflections on life in the panopticon & answer any questions you may have.  But…

What Do Professors Do All Day? Thursday

As noted on day one and on subsequent days, the purpose of this self-indulgent chronicle is, via a daily log, to explain the job of a professor. So, it is with a mixture of pleasure and chagrin that the management of this blog welcomes you to… Thursday, 24 Feb. 2011 11:45 pm (Weds.) – 3:15…

What Do Professors Do All Day? Wednesday

Welcome to the fifth installment of navel-gazing with aspirations.  As noted on day one, the attempt here is to make academic work visible.  Thus: welcome to the day that some call the middle of the week.  (If one works on weekends, do weeks have middles?  Do they have beginnings?  Do they ever end?) Wednesday, 23…

What Do Professors Do All Day? Tuesday

Continuing my mix of narcissism and public service, I bring you day 4 in this week-long series of just what in the heck a college professor does with his or her time.  I hope the “public service” element is winning out over the “narcissism” element, but I have my doubts.  Anyhow, here is… Tuesday, 22…

What Do Professors Do All Day? Monday, Monday

Continuing this quixotic exercise, here is the third entry (of seven) chronicling One Week in the Life of an English Professor (hi, there!).  As noted on the first post, the goal is to make visible just what the heck it is someone like me actually does.  Such labor was invisible to me when I was…

What Do Professors Do All Day? Sunday Edition

In which we continue the experiment started yesterday — blogging (for this week only) precisely how I spend my time as a Professor of English at Kansas State University. One goal is to demystify exactly what it is that professors do. Sunday, 20 Feb. 2011. 12:35 – 7:55 am.  Asleep 7:55 – 8:10 am.  Checked…

What Do Professors Do All Day?

Since it’s fashionable in some quarters to attack state employees as lazy (Hello, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker!), I am — for this coming week only — blogging about precisely how I spend my time, as a Professor of English at Kansas State University.  I’m also doing this because, when I was an undergraduate, I had…

In or Out?: Crockett Johnson, Ruth Krauss, Sexuality, Biography

As I wait to hear back from my editor (latest revision submitted January 1st), I continue to tinker with the biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss.  Does my manuscript’s silence on the homosexuality of two important figures — Maurice Sendak (who illustrated nine of Ruth’s books) and Ursula Nordstrom (editor of Ruth, Dave, Maurice) —…