Yep, mea culpa on that one.
To Sarah, especially, and to any others caught up in my indignant wake (including, but not limited to, Wasserman, Noon, and probably Wegner, who’s been far too patient with me from the onset): I was way too harsh in my rebuke on Sarah’s blog and on each of yours. (Neal calls me out for tossing matches into the gasoline, which sounds unfortunate, but fair.)
There were many more diplomatic ways to convey my disappointment in her unilateral, vitriolic tone, and I disregarded each of them. What you’ve got there — more vitriol and unilateralism — is at the other end of the field.
You care about this job and your students a great deal more than I do — that much is obvious — and not even I’m arrogant enough to cast that off. Keep on blogging. You’ve clearly got a lot of fans around this blog’sphere.
As jazzed as I am to be a part of this cautionary tale, there is a sense that I’m a ways from where I want to be. No quick fixes, I’m sure. I anticipate a slow, steady, post-at-a-time process getting back to there from here. To those of you willing to extend some largesse and stick around for it: I don’t expect it’ll be boring.