June 2009 Archives

Trouble with Following Up

When I was younger, I wrote down on a scrap of paper a date and time in the near future and kept it posted to a bulletin board near my desk. The idea was that if I ever had the opportunity to travel through time, I'd go to wherever I was at the point in time indicated on the paper to confirm with my younger self that time travel is possible.

The predetermined time came and went, and future Timotarou never presented himself to me. I eventually ended up throwing away the scrap of paper some years down the line.

Today I realized that I no longer remember what I had written down on the paper. I wonder if that's why I didn't show up.

From an article in The New Yorker about academic creative writing programs:

Harvard once considered hiring Nabokov to teach literature; Roman Jakobson, then a professor of linguistics there, is supposed to have asked whether the university was also prepared to hire an elephant to teach zoology.

To be fair, previous teaching experience qualified him for the job, but I doubt Harvard was counting on his reputation as a comparative literature lecturer.



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