Defining excitement

If I was on Twitter, then my tweets over the weekend could certainly have been kept to 147 characters:

Saturday: marking exam scripts

Sunday: marking essays

Monday: Teaching, marking (more) essays

Off the Westminster tomorrow with a load more essays in tow…

Who says my lifestyle isn’t glamorous?

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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7 Responses to Defining excitement

  1. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Indeed work is so hard to replace…

    • Lord Norton says:

      Frank W. Summers III: There is work and there is work…

      • franksummers3ba says:

        Lord Norton,
        One of my uncles dropped out of the same fairly prestigious American law school (Law is not an undergaduate course here anywhere) which I left twice. I went into tangibles brokering, graduate study in history, research and teaching the first time and general misanthropy the second time. These were rather enjoyable tasks and so I seem to tolerate the break better. He went back after a semester of shoveling manure in the City Park stables where most people knew his father sat on the Supreme Court. He, I think, has expressed to me the thought you have just expressed. I think your distinctions and comforts are well desrved but even on your dingiest day it is a tremendous distance from the ground floor of human labor’s most dismal tediums. I allow that you do the menial things for yourself — but you do them knowing there is more. I have a great talent for unhappiness myself and am sure I could find a way to feel perfectly wretched in your place but frankly I doubt your Lordship is the kind of prodigious natural embodiment of that talent that I am…

      • Lord Norton says:

        Frank W. Summers III: I am very familiar with pre-law students: when I was at the University of Pennsylvania I was taking some courses to which pre-law students were admitted. They were very keen but somewhat oblivious to the harsh realities of what actually happened in courtrooms at the lowest levels. On your point about work, I take your point completely. With me, these things are relative: in effect, different levels of enjoyment.

      • Frank W. Summers III says:

        Lord Norton,
        I figured you might remember that detail. Partly my words were an aside. However, it is impressive how much Americana you retain…

  2. Alice Stretch says:

    It’s 140 characters but to be honest those on twitter elaborate anyway 🙂

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