Wednesday, June 18, 2008

APA website

I just want to give three cheers to the APA. The APA website looks way better than it used to (though you still get to lovely greyish site when you try to log on). And what's this? Paper submissions online and the promise that pretty soon we can even pay our dues online. ahhhh... If the APA can do it, kind of makes you wonder when departments will get around to online submissions.

Calendar Alert:
"Information regarding suite rentals for the upcoming Easter Meeting in Philadelphia will be available beginning August 15. Please contact Linda Smallbrook (lindas [at] at that time"

-- Second Suitor


Anonymous said...

Funny that there's no obvious link to their job ads, which I imagine is one of the top reasons (if not the #1 reason) why anyone visits the site.

inquiring mind said...

ALERT: thread hijack ahead ...

Dear PJMB,

How about a call for updates on all of the jobs neither announced by Leiter nor posted to the wiki? Can we hear something from our readers about both failed searches and the searches whose success has gone unreported?

Inquiring mind wants to know! (And I suspect she's not alone.)

Anonymous said...

But I thought the Christmas meeting was in Philadelphia this year!

Anonymous said...

Unrelated to post:

How about some job-market-related theme songs?

For example, I've been thinking about what my state of mind will be like in a few years, if the market doesn't work out for me. I've decided that the perfect theme song for that state of mind, as a sort of ode to philosophy, would be "I Will Survive" (Gloria Gaynor, though Cake has a really kick-ass version).

Here it is, with my imagined future thoughts:

At first I was afraid.
I was petrified.
I kept thinking I could never live
Without you by my side.

[Indeed, I used to have no idea what I would do, if not philosophy. The thought of life without philosophy was terrifying.]

But then I spent so many nights
Just thinking how you'd done me wrong.
I grew strong.
I learned how to get along.

[Oh, so many, many nights. Laying awake in bed, brooding about the market, the Eastern APA, the smoker, the caste system, I learned to hate philosophy and philosophers.]

And so you're back from outer space.
I just walked in to find you here
Without that look upon your face.
I should have changed my fucking lock.
I would have made you leave your key
If I'd have known for just one second
You'd be back to bother me.

[But now, some years later, out of nowhere I find myself wondering about free will, about the mind-body problem, about missing shades of blue. Had I known this would happen, I'd have undergone electro-shock therapy.]

Oh now go.
Walk out the door.
Just turn around now.
You're not welcome anymore.
Weren't you the one
Who tried to break me with desire?

[Desire, oh yes, desire. All I ever wanted to be was a philosopher. Well, either that or a porn star.]


It took all the strength I had
Just not to fall apart.
I'm trying hard to mend
The pieces of my broken heart.
And I spent oh so many nights
Just feeling sorry for myself.
I used to cry.
But now I hold my head up high.

[Yes, I went to therapy. Yes, I was on medication. Yes, I wept for the publications my dissertation didn't yield. But I'm done with all that now. I've moved on. I'm proud of myself once again. I don't need philosophy to feel smart.]

And you'll see me with somebody new.
I'm not that stupid little person
Still in love with you.
And so you thought you'd just drop by,
And you expect me to be free.
But now I'm saving all my lovin'
For someone who's lovin' me.

[I've no time for philosophy. I'm at the beach. I'm at work (making tons of money). I'm in swanky bars drinking martinis with my friends. I can talk about sports, politics, movies (notice I said "movies" and not "films") all without ever telling a single "proof that p" joke.]

Oh now go.
Walk out the door.
Just turn around now.
You're not welcome anymore.
Weren't you the one
Who tried to break me with desire?
Did you think I'd crumble?
Did you think I'd lay down and die?
Oh not I.

I will survive.
As long as I know how to love
I know I'll be alive.
I've got all my life to live.
I've got all my love to give.
I will survive.
I will survive.

[Fuck you, free will! Fuck you, mind-body problem!]

Anonymous said...

The first thing I saw on the APA page was "Click here for MEMBER'S ONLY SECTION."

*grammar facepalm*

Anonymous said...

re gloria gaynor:

i had a friend who lived in france for a year in the 70's.

he came back, heard g.g. sing 'i will survive' and said: that's a french song.

no, it's not a translation or a version of a song originally done in french.

it's just a typical french song, french to its core, in its theme, melody, melodrama, etc.

like edith piaf, at 120 bpm.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 12:29. Isn't the Eastern in Philly this coming year? That's what I saw on the website.

Having studied and lived in Paris, I would say Gloria Gaynor is *very* le Marais.

philo said...

Anon 3:12 wrote:

The first thing I saw on the APA page was "Click here for MEMBER'S ONLY SECTION."

Too bad they don't mean this Members Only Section.

Anonymous said...

Re: Gloria Gaynor--did you have permission to reproduce those lyrics? I'm telling.

Anonymous said...

"Member's Only Section"....that's funny. But also sexist. Where's the section for those of us without members but only love-holes?