Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Mad Men" Conference

One of the greatest series in the history of television, AMC's Mad Men, will end its seven season run this spring.

A year from now a major symposium on the show will be hosted by Fordham University in New York.

Dr. Jane Marcellus, MTSU media scholar (Journalism), and I originated the idea for the conference and will collaborate with Dr. Gary Edgerton of Butler University and Drs. Brian Rose and Jacqueline Reich at Fordham in planning and running the conference, tentatively planned for September 17-19, 2015.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wisdom from Andrew Carnegie

Anybody else watching The Knick?

In this week's episode The Monsignor quotes from Andrew Carnegie's "The Gospel of Wealth":
Medical advice is as much a commodity as bread and to give either one or the other to the unworthy is wrong. It encourages irresponsibility and reckless use of valuable resources.
Thank god that attitude regarding healthcare is no longer normal among the rich and powerful--the 1%--of the 21st century!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

Everyone has their own version of everything that’s ever happened.--Essie on Masters of Sex ("Below the Belt")

Giles Gets Knocked Down: The Supercut


A slide show on HuffPo (three of my favorites below) had me thinking of some of my own personal favorite public typos over the years:

  • The street sign in front of our house when we moved to Murfreesboro read "Whiltshire."
  • A sign on a Shoney's marquee in Alabama read "Were the best."
  • A sign in a Perkins Restaurant in Minnesota read: "Shirts must be worn to be seated."
  • The electronic billboard at MTSU on graduation day a few years back proudly announced "Congratulation Graduate's."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Name Determinism

Bronko Nagurski
When I was teaching Edwin Arlington Robinson's "Miniver Cheevy" the other day in Modern American Poetry, I ended up laying out my theory of name determinism.

A man named "Miniver Cheevy" has little chance of growing up other than the way Robinson imagined him: an alcoholic, tubercular fantasist. Eliot's J. Alfred Prufrock was similarly destined to be J. Alfred Prufrock by his name.
Bruno Samartino

And neither Bronko Nagurski nor Bruno Samartino was ever going to be an opera singer or a college professor with such a name.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Eunice, LA

Been re-watching True Detective in preparation for the paper I am giving at PCAS: True Detective’s “Form and Void” and the Television Finale. (It's easily twice as good as I remembered it.)

Mention of Eunice, Louisiana (to the right is the Vulture True Detective glossary's entry on Eunice) brought back an early career memory.

During my five year search (1978-1983) for a tenure-track teaching job, I remember seeing an add for a position at the Louisiana State University at Eunice.

It was at that point I decided I would rather be a technical writer than teach there, and I did not apply.