The ABC conference went surprisingly well. I will never again drive to
My Friday presentation was scatterbrained and impromptu as usual – maybe I just should give up and use Powerpoint like everyone else – but a small group stuck around, good-naturedly disagreed with me, and asked good questions. I met some nice people. For example, a fellow I sat down next to at lunch turned out to have a degree in religion and we had a long talk on citations in the gospels. Itâ€™s pleasant to meet someone that has read everything I have and knows what Iâ€™m talking about.
I was also invited to the rhetoric SIG, which was interesting, and I tagged along with a large group of
They were shocked to learn that I take 4 and teach 2, which I found amusing. All of them were 2 and 2, a fanciful proposition â€™round these parts.
I was only there for the day, but my impression of ABC was that its focus was mainly on business writing as opposed to more lofty â€œtechnicalâ€ writing, and it catered equally to non-tenure-track folks.
Another thing emerged from the experience that I did not anticipate – I should probably try to publish my termination letter work. Until now I didnâ€™t really have the drive to write it up, article-style; now, I really want to make the case for more humanistic composition. I knew of course a long time ago that no one has said much on this stuff – but I have not realized the full implications until now. I wonder if one of ABCâ€™s journals would take it. There is certainly a hunger in some of the folks there for rhetorical analysis. Weâ€™ll see.
To close, hereâ€™s a picture (missing, 3/29/07) of the very impressive monument in front of the