Thursday, January 02, 2003

Where to find good colleagues? 

AtlanticBlog is a little miffed at Ann Coulter (take a number, Bill!) To Coulter's suggestion that academic life is easy (I'm not linking to it, because Coulter's all about self-promotion and she doesn't need my help), Bill suggests
With the right colleagues, academic life can be great. More typically, you would be working with a better class of people if you sold heroin for a living.
If we legalized drugs, would we get a better group of heroin sellers?

Stephen Karlson discusses the important function of faculty in the minds of administrators -- committees! -- and notes that the former chairman at Northwestern researched the modal number of publications for Ph.D. economists. It was ... zero. I'd suggest that might be a screen for choosing "the right colleagues". To the tails!