I meant to get around to talking about Eric Idle’s Road to Mars before now, but I haven’t had the time or idleness, I suppose. I still don’t. But he uses Ovid’s famous observation that the true art is to conceal art (or, I suppose, Crispinus might want me to be more direct and say “it is art to conceal art” [though shouldn’t “est” be at the end? aren’t the verbs always at the end? I reveal my artlessness when it comes to Latin]).
This seems the task of the writer (of course), but also of the junior faculty member, who must do many things to look impressive and make them all seem possible, even effortless. By midterm, however, the juggling becomes a strain as I wonder for the millionth time how it will all get done. One step at a time, as always — and not lapsing into too much idleness (literally in this case).
More forthcoming on the White Face and the Red Nose… once I’ve finished grading.