Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Big Books and Housework

I wonder how much housework gets done by scholars who write those really massive books? I wonder if they live in really messy houses, or if they have servants or if they have spouses who do all the domestic chores? Do others ever wonder about these things, or is it just me?

6 comments:

Ally said...

I wonder at times how anyone READS big books and still gets any housework done...

Mark Goodacre said...

Yes, good point. I sometimes wonder how these people expect me to write if they keep producing huge books for me to read.

Roger Pearse said...

Some academics have employees.

Some have servants.

Some have henchmen (or henchpersons).

Some I would strongly suspect have minions.

:)

Myself I hire someone.

Marianne said...

Mark, I wonder about this all the time! I also believe that just as the U.S. Government at times pays farmers not to grow crops, we ought to pay certain scholars not to write more books.

Michael Satlow said...

When I was a kid we briefly rented the house of a very prominent scholar who wrote many big books. The house was filthy.

Mark Goodacre said...

Interesting stuff, Roger :-)

Great idea, Marianne! Failing government help, perhaps we should have a whip round in the blogosphere and pay someone not to write a book.

Thanks, Michael. That's good to know.