Hello. My name is Rebecca Schuman. This is my blog, Pan Kisses Kafka. I am currently on blogging hiatus, as I seek to finish edits on my first book of commercial nonfiction, Schadenfreude, A Love Story (Flatiron Books, 2017).
(Oh, and there’s the minor thing where I take care of a kid 24 hours a day.)
But welcome! I still love you. So, so much. I don’t know when I’ll be able to put up new content, but please feel free to have a look around. Peruse the archives by year (DATING BACK TO 2003 HOLY SHIT), or “enjoy” the “greatest hits” below.
- I translate “Supergeil” into English
- I lash out at the UC-Riverside English department for not giving its job candidates enough notice before the MLA. My lashing-out results in an extended war of words between me and Claire Potter, the Tenured Radical, with whom I now get along just fine, in case anyone is interested.
- When I decide to leave academia after four years of dejection, I am often told that it’s because I “wasn’t suited” to it. This makes me upset.
- I suggest adjuncts cut down on their grading time by using this one weird old trick.
- I get absolutely pilloried when I suggest that gays, lesbians, people of color and other underserved minorities will react to the EOE language in a job ad for Sewanee: University of the South, with a snort. HOW DARE I claim that a school whose faculty roster is so white it took me an hour of looking through department websites before I found a single minority is unfriendly to minorities? I also go on a massive digression about the two-body problem. This gets posted on a Sewanee subreddit and I still get angry Sewanee alums freaking out on me to this day.
- More in the Me v. Claire Potter Throwdown (which, again, is now bygones).
- My first true “rant” post Thesis-Hatement was in reaction to people all over the world condescendingly informing me that the life of the mind is about doing something you “love.”
- At the beginning of last year’s academic job market, I decide to invent a new thing where I ‘grade’ the job ads in my former discipline, German, so that the total shit-show that is a market with 10 jobs can at least provide some gallows humor to its victims. I am undecided right now about whether to bring it back in 2014-2015.
- “ADJUNCT NATE SILVER,” the guest-blogger I was lucky enough to happen upon, provides my readers with actual statistics about the job market in German. So, yes, my ninth-most-popular post is not by me (and yes, I paid Adjunct Nate for his contributions, as I pay all guest bloggers).
- And, last but not least, perhaps my greatest triumph in my entire writing career: #BUTTSCAN.