This is a Serious blog. (Except, of course, when it features cats or ducklings.) Nevertheless, there are times when I succumb to serious bouts of unseriousness--and subject my innocent readers to, say, parodies of Law & Order. I regret to inform you that for some months now--even while I was in the trammels of Reformation theology and Victorian anti-Catholic sermons--I have been desperately attempting to fend off a particularly virulent form of the disease.
It all began when a thought randomly coursed through my idle brain (and you know what they say about idleness):
"Academic life is like a soap opera."
You can guess where this is going.
In any event, after several months of research into this hypothesis (research which was good, if nothing else, for comic relief...), I am about to plunge into serial drama--blog-style. Somewhere between grading papers, finishing Anne Boleyn, revising a committee publication, working on my book proposal, prepping for classes, reading, and thinking about some conference proposals, I have allowed myself to be Unserious; the results of this unseriousness will be appearing on this blog at about 8:00 PM every night this week. Will Evangeline discover the whereabouts of Professor Trendee in time to finish her doctoral dissertation? Or will the evil Rosamond get to him first? And what nefarious plans do those characters from a certain soap opera have in mind for our heroes? [The music swells] Tune in for love, murder, sex, and the occasional mention of Slavoj Zizek.
(If all else fails, I can console myself with the knowledge that my "script" can't possibly be any worse than the real soap opera that lurks behind it. Hoo boy.)