Amanda Marcotte, filling in for Michael Berube, has a fun post about Film Cliches from Hell. Let's not forget what happens when professors wind up on film:
- The $1,000,000 office. All faculty offices have built-in, glass-fronted, mahogany bookcases, as well as executive desks and leather chairs. Moreover, all professors keep their antique books in their offices. Where are these offices, and, more importantly, when can I have one?
- Fashion. Professors either wear three-piece suits and ties (and the female equivalent) or blue jeans, polo shirts and sneakers. Because we're either stuffy or, like, totally hip.
- Office hours and the meaning of life. The purpose of office hours, apparently, is to discourse on Higher Things. Nobody ever explains how to use a semi-colon.
- Big houses. Being a professor is apparently a ticket to buying, say, real estate in Manhattan.