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You don't have to be fixated to work here...
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:29:40 -0400

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From: Brian Randell <Brian.Randell () ncl ac uk>
Date: March 12, 2009 8:06:01 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: You don't have to be fixated to work here...

Hi Dave:

It's just possible you might want this (IMHO rather fine) article from the (London) Times Higher Education weekly for IP.




You don't have to be fixated to work here...

12 March 2009

By Matthew Reisz

The academy has long been a haven for obsessives, but now its emphasis on teamwork would ill suit socially inept geniuses such as Paul Dirac, writes Matthew Reisz

For Lennard J. Davis, universities are akin to licensed madhouses and obsession is the name of the game.

"If you're an academic, you had better be obsessive - that sort of behaviour is rewarded. Any academic setting will have people who are obsessive, research junkies and graphomaniacs. And most academics collect books and often get funding for it," he says.

"It's not just publish or perish, it's publish continuously. The reality of having so much 'free time' is that you are always working. I get up at 6am and go to my computer."

Davis should know. He teaches across a range of disciplines at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is also visiting professor in the department of English and linguistics at the University of Westminster. Recently he published a book called Obsession: A History.

It is an apt subject, as obsessiveness is built into the warp and weft of the academy.
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Full story at:

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