16.2 could something positive come from the professional sucker punch?
I just received an email from the editor of the journal whose book review editor so brusquely dismissed me. (And again, I never questioned the dismissal -- just the brusqueness.)
The book review editor is a junior faculty member at tier-two or tier-three doctoral-granting school (I am getting squishy on my Carnegie rankings) with several co-edited collections under his belt (some scholarly, some textbook).
Probably, there was some effort to "prove" himself in his tone with me.
(You can, I think, co-author and co-edit with giants in the field and become flush from the experience. You can also, as I have, do exactly the same and become very conscious of your fragility and weakness.)
. . .
The editor has been immensely gracious (in part, I think, because of the kind intervention of a friend). She needn't have been, though; I admire her, her journal, and her work. Some of this graciousness comes from a desire to defend the junior person, I think.
I am torn; this is clearly mucking about to greater complexity that it deserves. On the other hand, the editor has offered to talk with me on the phone when I return from Cambridge. She made the incredibly gracious effort of attempting to locate my home phone number, and, knowing that I am abroad, offered to call me here [impossible, as I have no phone] or even two weeks from now when I return.
I am just enough a shallow fanboy (as much a comic fanboy as a rhetoric fanboy) to be enthusiastic about any opportunity to speak with her, and to ask her questions about her work. But these are not the circumstances, are they? Or can I remold them in that way?
"You can't help but not be worried"
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