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Just Like “Texts From Last Night,” but Greener and With a PhD

Posted in Housekeeping by Caroline Roberts on January 8, 2011

Image SourceSo I’ve been poring over the #mla11 Twitter feed. Most people are being cautious and discreet, probably because there are up for interviews, and others simply can’t pack their dissertations into 140 characters, but a few academic tweeters are using social media to make the nerve-wracking MLA a little less boring. A few examples:

AdjunctHulk: HULK SMASH SIX PAIRS OF NEW PURPLE PANTS AND SIX WHITE OXFORD SHIRTS INTO SUITCASE FOR #MLA11. HULK IS GONNA LOOK GOOOOOOOOOD!!!!

MLAConvention: Because matched suit for women doesn’t seem the only good choice. Best advice: wear clothes they will forget. Or just: wear clothes. #mla11

lawnsports: No, it’s just — brown suit? C’mon – take this seriously. You’re in LA to interview, not to recreate #Swingers #mla11

SampleReality: #MLA11 Tip: There are many ways to say “Your work is interesting, but let me tell you about MINE.” But it’s best to say it just like that.

Prof Syn: Tip 8 (the last): Never ever picture the members of an interview committee in their underwear. The horror.

Hmmmm … I can’t wait for AdjunctHulk to break out of Bill Bixby mode and go all Lou Ferrigno on #mla11.

Image from Madame Tussauds, London, by Nevit Dilman from Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons license.

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  1. Nice roundup! As a former comedy scholar, I think that relieving tension is a very worthy contribution indeed, and these are great!


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