Gordon Haber

Writer, editor, mediocre guitarist

Tag: adjunctivitis

More Crap About Adjuncts Masquerading as “Straight Talk”

N.B. I’ve gotten a nice response to the post below, so I want to remind all adjuncts and other contingent types that they are invited to email me (firstnamelastname at gmail) for a free copy of my novella about the adjunct life, Adjunctivitis. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t want to blog about adjuncting anymore, […]

The Contingent Labor System Exploits All Kinds of People. So What’s So Special about Academia?

A question from a commenter in response to my rant against academics who criticize adjuncts (and others) when they complain about academia: How is this issue the same / different than the more general issue of the have vs. have not or the powerful vs the non-powerful? What about the academic environment makes this different? […]

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 […]

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 […]

2 Hugely Entertaining (and Inexpensive) Short Novels

  Adjunctivitis An itinerant college instructor on a desperate quest for health insurance. “A laugh-out-loud story.” — This girl I met on Tumblr Available for $2.99 as an Amazon Kindle Single. (£1.99 in the UK). False Economies The romantic (mis)adventures of a young American in Thatcher’s London. “A very funny and poignant little book.”— My […]

Tales from the New (and Not-So-New) Economy

  This week I am featured on the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s How I Get By series. I kvetch about adjunct life and my hellish commute in Los Angeles. And yet today in New York City, as I was pelted by freezing rain, I was thinking that LA really wasn’t so bad. Regardless I thought […]

I’m Somebody!

Adjunctivitis was named a January Editors’ Pick on Amazon! I feel like Navin Johnson: “This is the kind of spontaneous publicity that makes people.”

The 10 Best Novellas in the History of Mankind

Video: “How do peasants die?” On the life and death of Tolstoy, literary giant and crank. Actually this is not intended to be a definitive list and it’s in no particular order, save for number 1, which you should read (or-read) immediately. Seriously. Read it now. I don’t even care if you forget to finish […]

Samuel Johnson on Gordon Haber*

  On Adjunctivitis: To be sure a man, who has enough without teaching, will probably not teach; for we would all be idle if we could. On False Economies: It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are crouded together, that the wonderful immensity of London […]


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