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Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror Paperback – April 15, 1998
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A typical line from Publish and Perish is the final thought of a character who's about to die in an oh-so-dreadful fashion: "This can't be happening to me. I've got tenure." Horror and humor together are always delightful, but rarely is the combination executed with such gleeful panache as in the three novellas that make up Publish and Perish. The humor is at the expense of American academics, from struggling postdocs to crusty full professors. The characters spout silly jargon, wrestle with their writing problems, preen their tender egos, and skewer their colleagues. Most are likeable: their vanity is so human, it's almost touching. But the horror isn't played for laughs; it's ruthless and chilling, in the tradition of Edgar A. Poe and M. R. James. As one New York Times reviewer writes, "Publish and Perish is an odd and exhilarating experience--the playfulness of post-modernism at its best somehow celebrating the urgent, earnest suspense of old-fashioned, cliff-hanging narrative." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Three satirical novellas of academe serve up justice with a supernatural twist. In "Queen of the Jungle," a graduate student whose tenure-track wife commutes to Iowa from Chicago finds that their cat reacts badly to his affair with another student, exacting a fitting revenge. In "99," a disgraced anthropologist gets involved in a deadly druidic ceremony in England and wonders how such things could happen to "someone with tenure." "Casting the Runes" describes a young assistant professor in history who successfully fights a demonic senior professor only to find herself attracted to the occult. Hynes, a TV critic, novelist (Wild Colonial Boy, LJ 3/15/90), and professor himself, has a keen eye and ear for the absurd. Like Jane Smiley, he delights in skewering pomposity. He also deftly pokes fun at those who know little of the dangers in and beyond the ivory tower. Great entertainment.?Roland C. Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The cat story had me looking at our cats in a different way for a few hours after I finished it. Apparently this author's sinister portrayal in the first story got to me a little.
I was so repulsed, I couldn't force myself through Tales 2 and 3.
Not to mention, other authors have used the exact same plot. Do we REALLY need more stories about torturing animals? Ugh.