Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Words from an Unknown Date

I spent about nine years in graduate school. It would be a case of too much information to explain why it lasted that long (but let's just say I like being a student and someone was willing to pay me enough for teaching that I could maintain my lavish 30-something, pre-child lifestyle).

At some point during my academic years, I wrote this, which just surfaced in my basement excavation.

Faster than a speeding loan officer —

More powerful than a passive construction —

Able to leap conventional wisdom in a single bound —

Look — in the library — it's a nerd — it's a brain — it's Ph.D. Candidate!

Yes, it's Ph.D. Candidate, strange visitor from another university who came to school with powers and abilities far beyond those of undergraduates.

Ph.D. Candidate — who can change the course of mighty theories — bend arguments at the touch of a hand — and who, disguised as a mild-mannered T.A. at a great Midwestern university, fights a never-ending battle for discourse analysis, deconstruction, and the counterhegemonic way.
What can I say... it was the late 1980s and early 1990s, the height of cultural studies and postmodernism.

1 comment:

Michael Leddy said...

Theory! I remember when people did theory.