Entries from January 2015

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Blogging #MLA15: Day Three

It’s easy to be cynical about the annual convention of the Modern Language Association. Its session and paper titles are fodder for usually news-starved media during the winter break. (Unfortunately, there is other global news to preoccupy us.) Its spectacle of posturing and pretentiousness is legendary. More snark than the love child of Lewis Carroll […]

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Blogging #MLA15: Day Two

My strategy at cocktail parties is to find one location (usually near the bar or buffet) and wait ’til the world comes around over the course of an evening. So today I staffed the booth of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, which displays samples of our member editors’ journals. I’d reserved a location […]

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Blogging #MLA15: Day One

The 130th annual convention of the Modern Language Association began for me on a medieval-Renaissance note. If Dante Alighieri were alive today, commercial air travel would be one of the storeys of Mount Purgatory. Not the Inferno, mind you, because no matter how awful the experience, it will eventually end. My travel day started at […]