January 28, 2013

Lorrie Moore is leaving the University of Wisconsin.

A sad day for us!

She came here in 1984 — the same year I did — back when "Self-Help" was still a manuscript.

13 comments:

kentuckyliz said...

Vandy--more status for her.

Also, is she a Phil Mickelson of academe?

TN has no income tax.

kentuckyliz said...

The winter is nicer.

edutcher said...

Did you know her?

If so, it's tough saying good-bye to an old bud.

Ann Althouse said...

When you've been here this long, you can retire and take your pension if you are old enough. Nothing stops you from starting a new job, with a new salary.

I think the age to retire (if you have enough years) is 55. Moore is 56.

Pogo said...

I loved Who Will Run the Frog Hospital.

AEH said...

I bought "Self-Help" a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. I bought her book because of the short story, "How to be an other woman." Such a wonderful cultivator of the short story!

Ruth Anne Adams said...

She's gonna make it after all.

McTriumph said...

She's bored with you Midwesterner hillbillies, she's reloading with new Southern hillbillies.

rhhardin said...

Thurber's _Let Your Mind Alone! and Other More or Less Inspirational Pieces_ was the definitive self-help book.

Erika said...

When you've been here this long, you can retire and take your pension if you are old enough. Nothing stops you from starting a new job, with a new salary.

Ah, the enviable position of the double-dipper. A couple who a friends of ours: the husband retired from the military (pension+benefits), retired from a lucrative oilfield job (pension) and is now working in another lucrative oilfield job (income+benefits) while the wife has a full-time federal gov job (income+benefits) from which she will also receive a pension. We look on in admiration and wonder.

MadisonMan said...

I am never upset when a person leaves a University. I think you grow stale staying in the same place.
And if this dries up MFA applications to the UW, is that necessarily a bad thing?

Will this change Moore's writing? You are a product of your environment after all.

Phil 3:14 said...

You live in a unique world Professor. Recent news suggests that has been true for centuries

Astro said...

Ruth Anne Adams said... She's gonna make it after all.

Yes, but does she throw her Sir/Saint Lorrie Moore hat into the air?