Last night, a few colleagues were over at my place and we discussed the local gossip: the storm on campus over the sex column in our student newspaper, the Crimson-White, (which, btw, made the front page of the Tuscaloosa News this morning). Not a bad article on the controversy; it has a first amendment analysis of why the University can’t censor the column. And to their credit, the administration doesn’t want to. The article would, of course, have benefitted from a quotation from Dan Solove.
Then we turned to a game: “name professors at that school.” The gist here is to have one person name a school and then see who can name the most professors at that school. There’s a permutation, which Scott England developed: pick a name out of the AALS Directory and ask where that person teaches. Of course, it has to compete with other Tuscaloosa faculty favorites, like “name the most important article in [pick a field] in the last decade.” Or, “what’s the most under-appreciated article in [pick a field].” Or, “what article/book do you wish you’d written?”
When I woke up this morning, it dawned on me that the game isn’t as much fun as the Ann Coulter Talking Doll. Perhaps Parker Brothers won’t be interested, afterall.