What does it say about me that I’m far more impressed that my colleague, Andres Resendez, just received an A- review from Entertainment Weekly for his new book than I have been when other colleagues have gotten glowing notices in scholarly journals? I suppose I’d rather have a Pulitzer Prize or a Bancroft, but short of that, a great review in EW is pretty near the top of my external validation wish list.

Pathetic, I know.