December 28, 2004

MLA Story

My favorite story about the Modern Language Association convention was in an article in the New York Times many years ago. I no longer have the citation, but I copied down the relevant bit:

Posted on a convention announcement board is an agitated adolescent scrawl:

Did your parents force you to come to MLA? Are you going stir-crazy, like me? Call if you are age 18 and just want someone normal to go sightseeing with!!
Red-inked below, in a firm professorial hand:
Watch punctuation. Vary sentence structure. Try not to end sentences in prepositions.

Posted by Bill Poser at December 28, 2004 12:13 AM