Fight for Your Long Day, the original adjunct novel, won the 2011 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2016, it was reprinted as a corrected Classroom Edition by Hard Ball Press, and my second novel, Auggie's Revenge, was released by Beating Windward Press. In 2015, summer e-singles "Frade Killed Ellen" (Dutch Kills Press) and "Turquoise Truck" (Mendicant Bookworks) were published. Please see my author pages at Amazon or Goodreads for more information.
Holic's fast-paced novel has an absolutely fantastic cover, and of course, I was excited to see this blurb on the back:
Both writers are full-time teachers now, but both have paid their adjunct dues, and in different ways continue to support the cause of the more tangentially employed among us. For Atticus Review, Nathan has delivered six sets of graphic frames for Fight for Your Long Day, and Isaac continues to write about adjunct issues and more for The Chronicle of Higher Education. More or less, what we have are two early 30-somethings with small children working constantly to survive but also thinking of the less fortunate of higher education, whether they're instructors or students.
I've already skimmed Isaac's book, and although I'd call most of what I read a nonfictional summary and assessment of how he fought his way out of the adjunct's life to land a full-time tenure-track job at a community college, in this telling, there is plenty of implied advice for adjuncts trying to do the same. Two key points from Isaac's experience are 1) apply early and often, many more jobs than you'd think would be necessary (this rings true as I remember a recent PhD comp/rhet grad applied to more than 100 positions to land one tenure-track job at a four-year school), and 2) also play to your strength during the teaching demonstration. For his TT campus visit, Isaac used a lesson he'd taught many times before, and he nailed it.
For many of us, easier said than done, yes, indeed.
L.U.S.K. is excited to feature a guest post from Aisha O'Connor-Fratus, writer, editor, parent, and blogger at Hell's Domestic Backside. Enjoy this list of Aisha's ten favorite Russian novels: 1. Anna Karenina
(Lev Tolstoy, 1873 to 1877). Anna is rich and bored. Anna hates the way her
husband chews his food. Count Vronsky—played by Christopher Reeve, so handsome)
sweeps Anna off her feet! But things do not end well for Anna. 2. The Brothers
Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1880). Not about a traveling circus acrobatic
troupe. Its sweeping explorations of God, free agency, and morality are
timeless and haunting. My favorite part is Ivan’s reciting of the poem “The
Grand Inquisitor” in which Christ is resurrected during the Spanish
Inquisition. 3. Crime and
Punishment (Dostoevsky, 1866). Life-long graduate student Rodion
Raskolnikov tries to justify an unspeakably immoral act with eugenics and hey—a
guy needs to eat. 4. Rudin (Ivan
Turgenev, 1856). Dmitry Rudin talks the talk, but…
Iain Levison's Dog Eats Dog was published in October, 2008 by Bitter Lemon Press and his even newer novel How to Rob an Armored Car will be published by Soho Press in October, 2009. Back in '00 or so, L.U.S.K. first discovered Levison's A Working Stiff's Manifesto in hardcover with its original subtitle, "Confessions of a Wage Slave." That memoir established Levison's scalding wit and ability to hold the attention of an ever-tweeting audience. It was later released as a trade paperback with a supercharged second subtitle, and Levison has managed to survive, publish, and publish again. With long-terms roots in Scotland and Philadelphia, Levison currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina where he commits literature and carpentry as much as he can.
USK: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer and when did you first identify as a writer? IL: Writing is the only thing I've ever been any good at. Well, the only legal thing. Early on, I realized t…