Auto mechanics: Ever wonder what happens to English majors? Those people who "statistically" get better jobs than yours? You can find out at the Modern Language Association Conference. Word has it that depending on where those high-tuition-payers are at in their lives, this swarmed-to national confab is either the most fun they've ever had, or hell. You won't be able to tell which is which by looking at the participants, because they'll be too busy posturing in ecstasy, or terror. They are graduate students, professors, and (mostly) those fucked people in between, who were told there would be plenty of great jobs for them. (They were lied to. No jobs!) Anyway, some of the convention is open to you, grease monkey or hairdresser, including some locally focused literary discussions such as "William Carlos Williams, the Beats, and the San Francisco Scene," and "The Bay Area as a Site of Resistance in Native American Literature." No, we're not going to pick through the catalog to find the most outrageously named talks. We leave that cliché to other publications.
Dec. 27-30, 2008