Instead, I will merely say that I'm delighted. Delighted that so many of you saw fit to nominate me, delighted that even more voted for me, and delighted that a panel of judges selected my site out of a line-up of excellent contenders. I am more touched and flattered than I can say.
I've been thinking for a while about shaking things up around here, and these blog awards have gotten me in a contest-y frame of mind. So here's the dealio, yo:
Every Monday -- until I run out of books, you run out of interest, or I just plain forget -- I'll be posing a question or a challenge. To you. You'll have till Friday to post your entry in the comments section of said post. I'll read everyone's entries over the weekend and announce the winner -- along with the next challenge -- on the following Monday.
What's in it for you? Sitting in my hallway are four massive crates full of books (left over from The Great Unbookening), from which I'll lovingly hand-select a particularly excellent one (or two or three) to serve as
And now, with only a soupçon of ado, here's the inaugural challenge:
Your Greatest Episode of Academic MisconductWe are/were all brilliant scholars, of course, but even the most brilliant scholar has at least one tale of academic shenanigans. Rusty has several dozen, so to prevent him from owning this topic, I'm making him the guest judge for this week. He'll be scoring you on moxie, shamelessness, and derring-do, with bonus points for public nudity and futile acts of defiance.
In the interest of you-show-me-yours-I'll-show-you-mine fairness, I will also disclose my own worst/proudest moment, but not till the end of the contest.
Word count: As many or few as you need. Besides, a loose cannon like you probably has no respect for word counts, do you?
The prize: Up for grabs is a trio of books that I believe fit the topic nicely:
- Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzche - These works "show Nietzche lashing out at self-deception, astounded at how often morality is based on vengefulness and resentment. Both combine utterly unfair attacks on individuals with amazingly acute surveys of the whole contemporary cultural scene." I heard they were making this into a movie starring Brad Pitt.
- The Immoralist and Strait is the Gate by André Gide - Two novels of self-indulgence and renunciation, respectively. Both these books are in nigh-pristine condition, except for the fact that I've underlined the phrase "moral agoraphobia" in The Immoralist. I have no idea why.
*Ups to Mike for planting the seed of this idea here. Except he's much nicer than I am and is just giving books away with no strings attached. Me? I like string.
**For that reason, I'm afraid I have to limit this contest to Canadians and residents of the continental U.S. Sorry! But I've shipped overseas before, and it took ages for the incision to heal after I sold that kidney to pay for it.