Wow, somebody just got booted from the grad program here! Kind of makes me feel like finishing ASAP, just in case the people in charge start asking what I’ve been up to for the past 6 years . . . Actually, I’m making good progress now that I have narrowed down my project and focused my thesis. Plus, by the end of the year I’ll have had two of my essays published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, which is a lot more than most grad students manage. And these are not little piddly things like you find in Notes & Queries (though those snippets are often interesting). Let’s just say that the first one makes me the Alastair Fowler of African-American slave poetry, and in the other I expose the theological obtuseness of much of the past 30 years of scholarship on one of England’s finest Elizabethan poets. Are they gonna kick the Alastair Fowler of African-American slave poetry out of the program? I didn’t think so.