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Adjunctivitis (Kindle Single)

Adjunctivitis (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Haber
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A witty and touching novella about life on the periphery of academia and Hollywood. Robert is an adjunct, a university lecturer commuting between two-far flung Los Angeles colleges. He doesn't have health insurance -- a serious problem when he develops a violent allergy to student writing. Meanwhile he's trying to keep his car, and his relationship with a successful but skittish TV writer, from falling apart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2792 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon; 1 edition (26 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adjuntivitis rocks! 29 Dec 2013
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Simply extraordinary. Written with keenly observed wit and a skill for making the humdrum hilarious. The author draws a lot of the content from his own life experiences I should think, making this craftsman like work a real winner. Gordon Haber, I salute you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for the journey 28 Dec 2013
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Don't expect to be gripped by this amusing short story ... but it's great for a journey and far more happy and enjoyable than our depressing daily newspapers ... and it left me wanting more! I liked the main character and his girl friend - perhaps we shall hear more of them. Daily Commuter: South East
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4.0 out of 5 stars A second good read 30 Nov 2013
By Chris
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I bought this kindle single having previously read and enjoyed False Economies by the same author. Although they were, apparently, written many years apart, the voice of the author still shines through. I suspect there is a very heavy autobiographical element to them both, but no less interesting for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious 14 Nov 2013
By C.R. Hurst - Published on
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Having been a college writing adjunct for more years than I would like to admit, the Kindle Single, Adjunctivitis, caught my immediate attention when I was searching for a quick read. However I hesitated in purchasing it. I asked myself, could I really relive the horror of those days? The ceaseless grading of papers, the lame excuses of students asking for extensions, the paltry stipends, the benign neglect of supervisors, and the sheer futility of teaching what few students wanted to learn. Well, I did summon the courage to relive those days and purchased Adjunctivitis. I am happy to report that Gordon Haber does a wonderful job of capturing the absurdities in the life of one downtrodden adjunct professor, Robert Allen Rabinowitz, whose reaction to some choice opening lines of student essays alone is worth the $2.99 price of the book. Let's say that openers like, "Since the beginning of the universe, American society has always loved reality TV" cause Professor Rabinowitz's stomach to do more than turn. However you do not need to be a cynical adjunct or ex-adjunct to love this book. Anyone who has ever had a dead-end job should be able to appreciate the honesty and wit of Gordon Haber's Adjunctivitis. In fact the book may even prove infectious and inspire some who have miserable jobs to move on to pursue what they love instead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another A+ for Professor Haber 11 Nov 2013
By pbk1991 - Published on
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I've been a fan of Haber's essays for years, and hugely enjoyed his last novella, False Economies; so I picked up Adjunctivitis and read it in two sittings -- not because it's so short, but because it's so good.

Adjunctivitis tells the story of Robert Rabinowitz, a soulful adjunct college English instructor who is facing simultaneous financial, personal, and professional crises. That might not sound funny, but trust me, it is. It's also thought-provoking and extremely well observed; and as usual, Haber's prose is exceedingly clear and precise -- the kind of writing that seems effortless but which, Rabinowitz would no doubt point out, requires an enormous amount of skill and hard work. So read it! It won't take long, and it'll be the best three bucks you've spent in ages. Personally, I'm hoping for another Haber novella sooner rather than later -- and I say this as someone who can't usually handle anything more than a short story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adjunctivitis is Contagious! 12 Nov 2013
By Jeanette T. - Published on
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An L.A.-based adjunct English professor has a bad back, lack of respect from the Dean and tenured professors, rice and beans for every meal, no health insurance, a broken down Lexus, and a girlfriend he feels he can't afford to marry. So far he's been able to cope, until... "On a mild April afternoon in Los Angeles Robert Allen Rabinowitz sat down for an essay-grading session and realized that he could no longer perform the task without vomiting." Literally. How will he snag the tenure-track position and the holy grail of health insurance if he can't grade his students' mounting pile of nauseating essays? That is the question. Or is it? When I first read the premise I thought this was a fantasy tale, but the plight of the adjunct--and anyone who's had to compromise their dreams--is so well written it all becomes painfully, and humorously, real. Like all funny stories the best ones have an equally heart-wrenching flip side, and Haber writes an extremely appealing blend of comedy and pathos in this fast-paced novella.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for All Adjuncts (and others too) 6 Nov 2013
By Ashleigh Brendzel - Published on
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If you've ever worked a day in your life as an adjunct instructor, you absolutely have to read this. Gets everything right about that experience, from the economic to emotional turmoil and all the absurdity that comes in between. In truth, even if you've never had that particular experience, the story is funny and relate-able enough to be worth a read. As one of the protag's students might say, "Since the beginning of time, man has been constantly striving to write a story like this."
5.0 out of 5 stars Adjuncting by Freeway 2 Mar 2014
By Marigold Spencer - Published on
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Haber's story of an exploited Higher Ed. laborer should be required reading for anyone wondering about what life is like for the factory workers in today's neoliberal corporatized academy. Robert Rabinowitz, once a promising writer of literary nonfiction, travels the freeways of Los Angeles in an old car with the Check Engine light on, hoping to be lucky enough to get a full-time job with health insurance. He strives to teach his students well, anyway. His details of life for the not-rich and not-famous in Los Angeles will make anyone who has spent time in the "Southland" chuckle. This is a fresh and funny read.
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