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Well, the non-humblebrag has to turn very shog[1].gif at this point. It's a specialized academic book in 17th-C English literature. It'll be considered a success if it sells around 400 copies. No joke. On the other hand, its existence makes it far more likely that I'll get to keep my job when I come up for review in a few years. So there's that.
You can probably reach that goal just by SF members purchasing it. wink.gif
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It's a shitty midwestern burg that happens to be near some of the best skiing in the world. That doesn't make it less of a shitty midwestern burg, so I never understand why people go on about how great a city it is. Nobody says that about Indianapolis, do they? Do they?

Denver: shitty food, crappy shopping, 3rd tier cultural attractions, thousands of square miles of fugly tract housing, but hey! it has mountains!

Just so it's clear this isn't just my coastal bias talking: Chicago is a great city, even though it is in the midwest and is millions of miles from great skiing.


imatlas, have you been to Indy in recent years? It's no Chicago by any stretch, but it's improved tremendously over the last several years. Again, no Chicago, but a good city, and Chicago is easily within reach.

Now there's a marketing campaign. "Indianapolis: driving distance to Chicago!"

I've been to Indianapolis exactly once, in the mid '80s, and it has assumed some sort of mythological status in my mind as the quintessential boring city full of fat boring people. Glad to hear that it's improved in the intervening years. Denver, on the other hand, I've spent plenty of time in, and it is every bit as lame as my imagined version of Indianapolis. Plus, it smells like heated up dog food, except when it smells like cowshit.
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

So is it something that will sell mostly to libraries?

Yeah and university library budgets are a fraction of what they used to be (at least for physical books).

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You can probably reach that goal just by SF members purchasing it. wink.gif

Ha--time to hit B&S!
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Originally Posted by erictheobscure View Post

Yup, just one! And things move so stupidly slowly in my branch of academia that I'd be surprised if any reviews actually came out before I went up for tenure.
With the book, you're well on your way. Good luck! And again, Congrats!
post #30230 of 43904
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I spent a little time in Denver and have to say Atlas has a more realistic take. The folks I was visiting lived in Aurora and it was indeed acres and acres of marginal tract housing.

Yeah, well, Aurora is indeed a shithole that validates all the issues imatlas had. I won't argue that. But every city has shitholes like that, and while we may not all be Vox, I'd wager that just about everyone posting here has a household income such that they wouldn't be living in a place like Aurora, so it's really beside the point.

I will freely admit that I probably value the mountains more than most people. I'd pick mountains over beach any day of the week, and fantasize about leaving New York and living in a cabin in the woods (in a NSM mid-grey flannel chalkstripe DB and with a separate cabin full of DRC La Tache, of course). So that positive probably gets a bigger bonus from me than it does for most. But my main point is that if you do value the mountains, and yet also value being able to do something other than be a ski bum or whitewater rafting guide, that Denver is probably your best bet in the US. Its cultural amenities surely do not rival New York, SF, Chicago, Seattle, etc--but none of those cities (save Seattle, but again, it rains all the damn time) have legit mountains a stones throw away.
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I spent a little time in Denver and have to say Atlas has a more realistic take. The folks I was visiting lived in Aurora and it was indeed acres and acres of marginal tract housing.

laugh.gif doesn't that describe your current city of residence as well?
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aravenel - we are of a similar mind. ill always pick the mountains.
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aravenel - we are of a similar mind. ill always pick the mountains.

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I'm getting better about the beach--I'll actually set foot on it now--but there have been multiple trips to the beach where my feet never touched sand. I actually really enjoy the ocean, but the *beach*... No thanks.
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Denver's all about the outdoor activities.

Great camping and skiing nearby. Great bicycling and great parks with lots of other very active people to enjoy them with.

It's not a cultural or culinary landmark, so in that respect it's probably no better than Indy, but the outdoor shit is infinitely better. Indy is almost as flat as chicago but lacks a shoreline filled with beaches and sailboats.
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Today is my favorite day of the year.

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Today is my favorite day of the year.

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Today is my favorite day of the year.


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Heard a statistic stating that there's going to be $134 million worth of lost productivity today.
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7th anniversary of Twitter. Makes me very happy.
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I'm getting better about the beach--I'll actually set foot on it now--but there have been multiple trips to the beach where my feet never touched sand. I actually really enjoy the ocean, but the *beach*... No thanks.

I'm with you. I love the water. In fact, missing it as I do it may be what ultimately pulls me back to my erstwhile home state. However, I do not like the beach at all. I'll gladly sit at a bar overlooking the water, or spend some time on a boat, but someone else can have the gritty heat of the beach.
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