Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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You want guilt? You can't handle the guilt!!

The Chronicle of Higher Education asked several academics, "to share their secret (or not so secret) guilty pleasures" outside of the classroom."

Cosmic Variance's Sean Carroll provided an answer, but is thoroughly unimpressed with the entire exercise:

Seems like a potentially amusing parlor game, no? Well, as a momentís reflection would reveal, no. Because you see, what could they possibly say? Most academics, for better or for worse, basically conform to the stereotype. They like reading books and teaching classes, not shooting up heroin or walking around in public dressed up in gender-inappropriate undergarments. (See, I donít even know what would count as a respectable guilty pleasure.) And if they did, they certainly wouldnít admit it. And if they did admit it, it certainly wouldnít be in the pages of the Chronicle....

As it turns out, compared to my colleagues Iím some sort of cross between Hunter S. Thompson and Caligula. Get a load of some of these guilty pleasures: Sudoku. Riding a bike. And then, without hint of sarcasm: Landscape restoration. Gee, I hope your Mom never finds out about that.

Henry Farrell chimes in:
Iím as bad as any of the respondents if not worse Ė my guilty pleasures are nothing more exciting than science fiction and fantasy novels with garish covers Ė but if anyone else has more interesting pleasures to confess in comments (anonymously or anonymously), go ahead.
Some of Henry's commenters comes up with some good ones, but my personal fave is: "snorting meth off the flesh of naked people using a rolled up Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

I have no shortages of guilty pleasures, but there are limits to sharing.

Still, to make Sean feel better, here are links to my guilty blog pleasure du jour and my ridiculously guilty TV pleasure from last fall (in my defense, the official Blog Wife was also transfixed by the latter).

posted by Dan on 09.26.07 at 11:19 PM




Comments:

Dan, if you're referring to your wife as "Official Blog Wife" and thus implying you have an unofficial wife (or wives), then I'd say you have some pretty substantial guilty pleasures beyond your publicly declared blogging in the Red Sox-Yankee civil war or viewing of bad reality shows centered upon aspiring cheerleaders. :)

posted by: Bill Kaminsky on 09.26.07 at 11:19 PM [permalink]



Er--Whatever happened to Salma Hayek?

posted by: David on 09.26.07 at 11:19 PM [permalink]



Hello Dan. I'm happy to know Yanksfan-vs-Soxfan is your pleasure of the day. I can assure you, if you return tomorrow, it will continue to reward.

Mark Lamster (aka YF)
Tufts (MA, class of 1994)

posted by: Mark Lamster on 09.26.07 at 11:19 PM [permalink]



Hello Dan. I'm happy to know Yanksfan-vs-Soxfan is your pleasure of the day. I can assure you, if you return tomorrow, it will continue to reward.

Mark Lamster (aka YF)
Tufts (MA, class of 1994)

posted by: Mark Lamster on 09.26.07 at 11:19 PM [permalink]



Heck, if I snorted meth off of the flesh of (the right) naked people, using a copy of the UDHR, I wouldn't even feel guilty about it.

Good times, man.

(Or, to quote a film, "A man could have a heck of a good weekend in Vegas with that...")

posted by: Sigivald on 09.26.07 at 11:19 PM [permalink]



Hey Dan - thanks for the props. We were classmates, Williams '90. I'm the SF -- glad to have you in the audience!

posted by: Andy Bernheimer on 09.26.07 at 11:19 PM [permalink]






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