Today I have two new articles up on Slate, both of which I’m very proud of because they deal with my actual favorite thing on Earth, next to television and vegan carrot cake, and that is literature. You know–literature, that minor trifle to which I devoted approximately 14 years of my adulthood and wanted quite badly to pursue as a profession, THAT.
So, article #1 is a review I did of Susan Bernofsky’s new translation of Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) and Jay Cantor’s Forgiving the Angel, for the Slate Book Review. WARNING: it contains no ranting, no polemic, no controversy, no “snark,” really nothing except for a lot of deep and abiding love for my subject matter.
Article #2 is a withering takedown of a truly asinine concern-troll in the Wall Street Journal about how literature classes all just teach about oppression and transnationalism and OH MY GOD YOU ARE SUCH AN IDIOT. (The graphic on this one made me LOL as well. Basically thinking about those three guys hanging out cracked me up.) (DOUBLE-BONUS: this article contains links to TWO excellent old SNL skits. BUT WHICH ONES?)
The other thing regular readers of Slate will notice is that today marks the day I’ve been put into the “right rail,” which is the little “Voices” section they have on the right side of the front page. I’m right between Dear Prudence and Matthew Yglesias (ONE Of those people is my hero; I bet you’ll never guess which one). I have also just signed on to write even more at Slate–a fifth monthly article (on stuff that might not even be higher ed!), plus two more posts on BrowBeat. So: PEAK SCHUMAN. PEEEEEEEEAAAAAK SCHUUUUUUUUMAN.
In other awesome news, the David Brooks Weeeeeed post (see below, now with AWESOME NEW GRAPHIC I MADE) has been selected for WordPress’s “Freshly Pressed” front page, which in the WordPress world is kiiiiiiind of a big deal. I’ll even get a li’l widget soon! What a day!!!!!
K, time for a nap. I wish I was kidding. But I’m pooped.