Blogroll Roll Call #7: Pop Culture Academic

Today, I’ll be recommending to you a blog by a friend of mine, Melissa. I should be more specific. You see, among my friends, “Melissa” is one of the two most common names. It’s up there with variations on “Sara/Sarah.” Actually, trying to narrow things down just makes things more confusing. She’s one of two Melissas who live near where my wife works. She’s also one of two Melissas I know through the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fansite/ social networking predecessor H2G2. Maybe I should just let Melissa describe herself:

I am, in no particular order, a historian of medieval and early modern Europe, pre-modern world history, and the history of monotheism, the mother of a teenager, a bar manager, beer snob, cat owner (not by choice), former university admin insider, adjunct community college instructor, and a goofball.

I read sci fi and fantasy for fun, and papal bulls for work. I am the mother of The D, a highly artistic, seriously goofy, teenager with ADHD and trichotillomania. I wouldn’t trade her for the world!

Why I Bookmarked It
As I’ve said above, Melissa is a friend of mine. She’s recently moved to a town only an hour’s drive away from where I live, but I’ve known her for about a decade at this point.

Why I Still Read It
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: being a friend gets you bookmarked, but it doesn’t keep you there. Melissa’s posts are entertaining, insightful, and fairly frequent. They offer glimpses into the world of Academia. They also give the reader a look into Melissa’s unique political outlook, her personal life, and her cooking. Yes, longtime readers will know that the most surefire way to keep me reading a blog is to occasionally post something like this.

Why You Should Read It
If you’re not convinced to read Melissa’s blog based on everything I’ve posted above, I would like to recommend to you her Twitter feed. Normally, I don’t recommend Twitter feeds alone, but for Melissa, I’ll make an exception. She regularly begins Tweets with “Dear Student.” These are the Tweets you want, no, need to read. This is where she says those things a teacher wishes she could say out loud… but can’t.

Dear Student, when I asked for someone you admire from history, I meant a person. ‘God’ is not, as far as I know, a human being.

Dear Student, maybe you should read the syllabus, eh?

I’m hoping she might someday write a book.

Until next time.

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2 Responses to Blogroll Roll Call #7: Pop Culture Academic

  1. Melissa says:

    Uh, I did write a book. It’s called my dissertation. OH! You mean ANOTHER book. Yeah, at some point I’ll probably do that, too. And 10 people will read it to write *their* dissertations.
    That means a third book, doesn’t it? Sigh.

    • Greenbandit says:

      I meant a collection of “Dear Student” tweets. You know, SERIOUS work.

      All kidding aside, large amounts of kudos for finally completing your dissertation. Ironically, my brother got admitted into UofA’s History PhD program this week, after finally finishing his thesis. There must always be at least one person in my life who has a dissertation to write. It is a universal constant.

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