Latest Personal Whatnot

Some years ago, upon starting to work for the Chronicle of Higher Education, one of the terms of employment was that my name had to be removed from the masthead of any other publication.

Only in one case was that cause for real grief. By then, I had for some years been on the editorial board of New Politics, the socialist journal founded by Phyllis and Julius Jacobson.

Somehow the journal has outlasted them. (Phyllis is still alive, but a very bad stroke has left her unable to communicate.)

Having subsequently parted ways with the Chronicle, I am happy now to say that I've been asked to rejoin the New Politics board. The journal's website will be undergoing a substantial overhaul before long. More on that as things develop.

Meanwhile, I've been moving stuff over to my cubicle at the new Inside Higher Ed offices, which look to be about three times as big as the old place. It's barely one block from Dupont Circle. The larger place is necessary because IHE has been growing like crazy, both in staff and in audience.

It's good to have a place to work away from home. For one thing, the amount of paper and the quantity of new books crossing my desk otherwise tends to spill out into the living room (not a situation enhancing domestic tranquility). But the larger benefit is simply that of being able to avoid hermit fever.

Finally....I'm behind on a good deal of work, and am trying to dig myself out from under it. There won't be much blogging, then, for at least a few more days. But things are starting to pick up. Some momentum, even. For example, I've just finished what, with luck, will be my first (and not last) piece for Bloomberg News.

The review was really very short. But I haven't written anything that compact in quite a while -- so brevity of expression did not equal brevity in composition time, by any means.

My friend John Leonard once coined the expression "the 800 word mind" to describe a certain kind of concentration that develops from regular reviewing. Over the past few years, I've been able to indulge in writing things three or four times that length, on occasion. Working for someplace where 800 words counts as a long article might not be a bad thing. At least as long as there is the option to sprawl a bit elsewhere, when necessary....
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