Yesterday my mother sends me a job opportunity that looks nearly ideal. Literature/creative writing teaching position at Fresno Pacific University: MFA sufficient, half-time w/ health and retirement benefits, requires dedication to literature and writing and critical theory, etc. The only catch is that I would have to join the Mennonites.
Today I have two newspaper articles to connote life in Iowa. The first, courtesy of Justin, announces the university's dis on Snoop Dogg. "I would imagine such a concert would draw quite a few undesirables from various cities," sez Chuck Green, assistant VP for Public Safety, "and probably quite a few gangbangers with weapons on them or in their vehicles." As Justin points out, what gangbangers? I guess the university was worried that the concert might bring together all five of Iowa City's black people, and then Lord only knows.
And here's an article from last week's Press-Citizen, which I swear to God could have come from the Onion. Round here Al Gore's visit to Prairie Lights makes the front page.
Gore, accompanied by Rep. Dick Myers, D-Iowa City, popped in Prairie Lights at about 2:30 p.m. and stayed some 30 minutes, [employee Paul] Ingram said.
"He had coffee," said bookstore owner Jim Harris.
"I said, 'I bet you're glad you're not president now,'" Ingram said, alluding to the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"He refused to say anything. I don't think he liked that question," Ingram said.