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Fight for your long day

Author: Alex Kudera
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Hardball Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Classroom EditionView all editions and formats
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In American pop culture, the handsome college professor is easy to spot. He's endearingly neurotic, his unfinished novel usually stuffs an expensive mahogany desk, and female students sigh in his wake. And even if it's not explicitly explained to us, the handsome college professor always has one other thing: tenure. But the further one moves down the academic totem pole, professors start to look very different. On  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Kudera
ISBN: 9780986240089 0986240087
OCLC Number: 949043131
Awards: 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region, 2011
Description: 355 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Fight for your long day, the novel --
Bonus: Graphic interpretation of Chapter 3 / Nathan Holic --
On the academic novel / Merritt Moseley --
Interviews with Alex Kudera. The life of an adjunct: an interview with novelist Alex Kudera / Robert Watts ; Q&A: the novelist who chronicles life as an adjunct / William Pannapacker --
Book reviews of Fight for your long day. The scholar-pauper fights the good fight / Joseph A. Domino ; Book review / Michael James Rizza --
Additional reading on adjunct labor. Hard times in these times: A junct lesson / Karen Lentz Madison ; Working as an adjunct in Vietnam / Joe Berry and Helena Worthen ; A 'junct justice / Ana M. Fores Tamayo ; The double bind of the disabled adjunct / Nathaniel C. Oliver ; Thoughts in the wake of the Umpqua tragedy / Nathaniel C. Oliver ; Academic unfreedoms / Eva Swidler.
Responsibility: by Alex Kudera.

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In American pop culture, the handsome college professor is easy to spot. He's endearingly neurotic, his unfinished novel usually stuffs an expensive mahogany desk, and female students sigh in his wake. And even if it's not explicitly explained to us, the handsome college professor always has one other thing: tenure. But the further one moves down the academic totem pole, professors start to look very different. On the very bottom, lies a less dashing, less financially secure, and altogether less noticed figure: The adjunct professor. In Fight for Your Long Day, we meet Cyrus Duffleman--"Duffy" for short--an adjunct professor who can barely afford his two-room apartment. Forget about an unfinished novel: He'd be thrilled with health insurance. Still, he gamely shuffles to four urban universities each day to teach, and works a security guard graveyard shift once a week. Cobbled together, he can almost make a living. But today, Duffy's routine isn't quite so predictable. The cryptic mumblings of a possibly psychotic student. A bow-and-arrow assassination. A small government protest, then, a very large and violent one. Lunch with a homeless woman who claims to have been a 1950s film star. Frenzied attempts to spare his sanity (and safety)--all while a female coed quietly eyes him.

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