This blog has existed at Typepad for a decade, and had a brief existence at Blogspot prior to that. After so long, it's time to change things up a bit. Renovate the joint. Offer my readers a new! thrilling! and stimulating! experience!
Thus, I take this opportunity to announce a new focus. Academic consultants of one sort or another are becoming increasingly the rage, I find. Never one to miss out an a potentially lucrative opportunity--after all, that's why I'm an academic, right?--I am jumping aboard this particular bandwagon by offering something many academics admit, with some fear and trembling, that they truly need.
I speak, of course, of fashion advice.
Now, by "fashion advice" I mean nothing so dull as recommendations that you vary the uniform of basic black with basic navy. Instead, I propose something a bit more innovative, more cutting-edge, more likely to amaze your students and colleagues. Let's call it "synecdochal fashion." For example:
Let's say you're teaching Dracula.
Now, I can't say that I advise coming to class tricked out in full Bela Lugosi gear. The key here is to discover which part of Dracula adequately figures the whole, and then incorporate it into your outfit. And that part would be...?
Did you all say "fangs"? I'm sure you did!
Think of the effect you'll make if you come to class wearing these snazzy glowing fangs. Or accessorize your academic black with this faux blood fang necklace. (Maybe try this hot pink model instead.) If you have pierced ears, these lovely silver fang earrings will make an...impression...on the interview committee. The list goes on.
My fees, I hasten to add, are reasonable: one hardback from Cambridge or Oxford UP per consultation. Just imagine the look in your students' eyes! The response from your colleagues! The comments from the dean during your tenure process! Results guaranteed.