Gordon Haber

Writer, publisher, mediocre guitarist

Category: Adjunctivitis

Snowday Reading!

“Haber writes with an extremely appealing blend of comedy and pathos.” Charge up your e-reader or laptop and weather the storm with some great fiction. False Economies is about a young American trying to make his way in Thatcherite England. Adjunctivitis is about a college teacher on a desperate quest for health insurance. Both novellas […]

Literary Selfie 2014

* Because obviously “What did Gordon publish in 2014?” is the burning question in all your minds: My novellas False Economies and Adjunctivitis are still available as Kindle Singles. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can get a free reading app here.) The Parenthetical Review published my story The German Photographer. Zeek published my […]

Great Moments in Paying Artists with “Exposure”: December, 1970

Mitzi Shore made [the Comedy Store] a place where comics could be seen, get exposure, commune and confer with their comic brethren, and workshop their material in front of an audience. She did it for all the comics. Which is why she thought she didn’t need to pay them. (from Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and […]

Another Patronizing Academic Who Thinks He Knows Better

I want to stop blogging about adjuncting because (a) there are more qualified people doing it and (b) it doesn’t earn me any money. And then something comes along that irritates me so much that I feel compelled to respond. One A.W. Strouse wrote an op-ed for The Chronicle of Higher Education criticizing the “wild […]

The Collected Works of Gordon Haber (on Adjuncting)

  Welcome, wilkommen, bienvenue, come on in! Last week, to my surprise, my Writer’s Manifesto went modestly viral (more like a slight cold than Ebola). So while I have your attention, I want to do some awareness-raising about the plight of adjuncts. Not that I really like the idea of “raising awareness,” because said raising […]

Literary Selfie!

  I have a story called “The German Photographer” in the Parenthetical Review, a lovely new lit mag. So, to celebrate that, and to remind myself that I am not a lonely, aging hack typing away in an isolated cabin, here’s a partial list of my recent publications. SHORT STORIES Bourges, 1990, about music and […]

Adjunct Survival Guide

  [N.B.: You are welcome to submit your own ideas. And to email me for advice.] Health Emotional Health. Don’t make yourself feel bad for feeling bad. If you’re grumpy or depressed or feeling horrendously inadequate, just accept it. I’m not saying embrace it. I’m saying that when you’re in a shitty situation  it’s normal […]

Even More Adjunct Horror Stories

1. Alice Doesn’t Work Here Anymore I left my adjunct teaching position in the middle of last semester for a job offer I received after a year of searching—applying for positions like academic advising, admissions recruiting, community education with non-profit organization, and reception at a massage therapy clinic. (This is what the job market in […]

More Adjunct Horror Stories!

Today’s adjunct horror stories come from two colleagues who prefer to remain anonymous. Both were lightly edited for length and clarity. Send me more! Misery loves company! Click on the “about” page for my email address. 1. They’ll Never Know I was teaching at a local college and I actually really liked the job except […]

Adjunct Horror Stories: True Tales of Obtuse Administrators and Adjunct Abuse

For your weekend reading pleasure (or schadenfreude inducement if you’re one of the admins whom I suspect reads my blog), I bring you the first installment of Adjunct Horror Stories! The Seeds of Friendship and Hatred When I first started adjuncting in the early 1990s, I worked at a suburban community college. Typically, I had […]

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