June 13, 2009
Perhaps it's just me, but I have this impression that work is a taboo subject in English academia. Whenever try to bring it up, instant awkwardness commences: I lose eye contact, people start muttering, shrugging their shoulders, making bland comments about the general state of things, and at the end I am no wiser for having asked, but feel vaguely guilty about something or other. You'd think people would be comparing, exchanging information and resources all the time – but no! Workload's like a shameful disease – we all know it's there, but it can only be spoken of in hushed voices.