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    Rob Chambers

    Rob Chambers
    Rob Chambers was twice a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he won a national fellowship competition and ate too much Chinese food. He has also been (again twice) a Georgia correspondent for The Economist. And, to keep things symmetrical, he has written two books: Parody: The Art That Plays With Art (2010) and How To Write Parodies and Become Immortal (2012). Currently he teaches world literature part time at Kennesaw State. Otherwise his life is spent awaiting the arrival of the Antichrist and the daily return of the Good Humor truck. You can commune with his online avatar at www.parodybychambers.com.
    Number of posts: 3
    Email address: email

    By Rob Chambers:


      Parody

      The Day The Money Died

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Jan 22, 2013
      The Day The Money Died

      Everything fell apart deep in the first year of his Administration. Economic and social chaos led, naturally, to a somber meeting between President Merkin Muffley, the Cabinet heads, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the chief officers of the Congress, and a few key outside figures who had become the nation’s primary sources of news, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert.

      Sweet Tooth

      The Illusive World of Ian McEwan

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Jan 6, 2013
      The Illusive World of Ian McEwan

      In his recent novel, Sweet Tooth (2012), British author Ian McEwan plays timeless illusionist games with the reader—in the manner of his earlier novel, Atonement (2001). Both works feature scandals; these emerge near the beginning of Atonement and near the close of Sweet Tooth. More importantly the gamesmanship in both cases can be traced in large part to the creation of a character that is very belatedly identified as having written all or part of the novel in which that character also appears.

      This tactic and its many variations are generally referred to as “meta-art,” but I prefer to use the terms “reflexive art” or “reflexivity.”

      Definitely Satire

      The Tenure Exchange

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Dec 18, 2012
      The Tenure Exchange

      “John Keats was an opium addict, claims a new biography of the poet/ The author of Ode to a Nightingale wrote his greatest poems with the aid of opium, believes Prof Nicholas Roe” – Headline, The Guardian (UK), September 21, 2012

      As every new Ph.D. learns, two giant metaphorical dragons stand ready to incinerate the questing scholarly squire.  The first toasting, of course, occurs during the search for a job, any job.  It’s difficult even to collapse into pre-feudal academic peonage as an “adjunct” (calling adjuncts “pre-feudal,” as Prof. Grendel Hrothgar has explained, is appropriate because peasants, bound permanently to the land in manorial times, had at least some semblance of job security).

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