I know I owe you an entry on the divisions of specialization in an English department, gentle reader, but you see, this is the first week of classes, and the cat’s been getting treatments at the vet every other day, and the first colloqium of the Honors Program took place today, and I have a busy day tomorrow what with all the Celebrate UMKC events, and my flight to Georgia leaves tomorrow evening, so you’ll have to forgive me if another week goes by without the next installment of the “How an English Department Works” series. I’m visiting family in Georgia, and as I’ve written now and again, such visits are complicated by my uneasy relationship to the American South. No time for a longer entry right now. Reading and then sleep.
But as I mentioned before, I do love Lynyrd Skynyrd. Everything that’s good about them can be learned by comparing their original recording of “Simple Man,” an example of zen perfection, to Shinedown’s wretchedly overwrought cover version.