Fiction More Fun Than Reality
Dan Drezner explains, at great length, that life as a college professor is actually much more dull than it’s made out to be in the movies. More staring at the computer, less sex with co-eds, and so forth.
Then again, that’s true of any walk of life, no? The real-life day-to-day reality of cowboys, doctors, lawyers, cops, firefighters, spies, private investigators, and desperate housewives is much more mundane than their fictionalized portrayals.
UPDATE: Professor Chaos reports that academics have crappy cars, too. Alas, it’s largely true, although I could certainly have afforded his dream of an F-150 back in my teaching days, despite lack of a rich spouse or outside income. He’s right, though, that the popular conception of professors as upper middle class professionals is largely mistaken.