Last month, I had the honor of being the subject of a blog post (nothing to do with my novel, unfortunately) on one of the premier literary blogs, A Commonplace Blog, of Professor D.G. Myers. It having been almost a month since I visited the site, I only just discovered it tonight. It concerned a little battle I've been having with him over who should should be empowered with hiring and tenure decisions in university departments, particularly in the humanities, to which field he naturally belongs. As a vocal neo-conservative, and ideological minority in his department, he would naturally like to see his fellow idealogues given more sway in such decisions.
To me, the humanities departments represent the last redoubt of Progressive thinking in our rapidly fraying society. To give power over hiring and tenure decisions to anyone else but the faculty would submit them that other elite, the one inimical to Progressive goals of distributive justice, progressive taxation, and a healthy and prosperous middle class.
I've been needling the good Professor in the comments section of his blog whenever he raises the issue and it seems to have gotten under his skin. Hooray.
My novel, Moonbeam Highway (of which there are now two chapters on here,) is very much concerned with our increasingly polarized class system, and chronicles the adventures of a busted hedge fund manager as he negotiates his future in the food service business.
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