The Grueling Weeks of Campaigning Have Come to an End

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the eight new members of its Board of Directors, elected amidst the heaviest voting in recent memory.

Imagine lots of bookish Iowans braving the weather to make their voices heard. Something like that, probably.

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January 9, 2008 6:08 PM | | Comments (8)



Congratulations. You're my favorite general purpose critic these days. Well-earned!

A Troll shall never parley with an elf, dammit!

First this, then, um, MORE!

Congratulations, Scott! It's good to know someone who actually understands this online thing will be on the board of one of the major academic professional organizations. Now if we could only get a blogger on the AHA council...

Thanks to everyone for the notes of congratulation. I should perhaps clarify that NBCC isn't really an academic organization. There are some professors in it, of course, but most members are editors or reviewers working at newspapers and magazines....

It must have been the tears welling up at the mention of Little Dorrit. But the voters of the NBCC chose well. Congratulations, Scott. I hope you will use your new powers to put an end to global warming, militarism, and shoddy copyediting.

I'll put in my "fifth" to the previous congratulations. But it's interesting that Scott's election should come immediately after his Cliopatria get-together photo posting -- in which he always appears at the farthest remove from the camera, in shadow with light reflecting off his glasses, further obscuring a face already ducking behind other members of his cell. Clearly (or not so clearly), a behind-the-scenes string-puller, an all-powerful eminence grise, a Trilateralist and Bilderberger.

So when does he invite the rest of us to the Bohemian Grove?

The group shots from the Cliopatria banquet are documents of my great ambition: not to break the camera.

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