O Bérubé, O Judge, O Mom and Dad

by Scott McLemee on September 27, 2006

I interviewed Michael Bérubé by phone over the weekend for a podcast now available from Inside Higher Ed. As you might expect, Bérubé is well-spoken. Alas, the gremlins were just as efficient in doing their work, for there is a certain amount of hiss from the phone line. Here’s hoping some people will try to listen past it. My colleague Elia Powers made heroic efforts to remove the noise. I’m told that this made Bérubé sound like a robot. Which, come to think of it, might have been pretty cool: A case can be made for doing all interviews with a Vocoder, à la Laurie Anderson.

As it is, though, we did get in a little bit of “Long Black Veil” as covered in 1985 by Baby Opaque, with Bérubé on drums and Ian MacKaye (in transit between Minor Threat and Fugazi) on vocals. For the full recording, go here.

Word is that suspects are being rounded up for an online symposium on What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? later in the semester. It’s understandable that the book should get the lion’s share of attention. It’s from a trade press. But the other one, Rhetorical Occasions, from the University of North Carolina Press, will be a lot more interesting to many CT readers.

You would be able to see why, had the good folks at UNCP provided the table of contents, instead of this.



Henry 09.27.06 at 9:53 am

The man himself has a table of contents “here”:http://www.michaelberube.com/index.php/weblog/suitable_for_any_occasion/.


kid bitzer 09.27.06 at 10:50 am

is bérubé le participe passé of the verb “béruber”, to treat someone like a rube?


Ophelia Benson 09.27.06 at 2:42 pm

Passé? The professor of dangeral studies, passé? Jamais!


Kenny Easwaran 09.28.06 at 7:46 pm

Interesting that standards of precision for lip-synching have gone up since then! Nice video anyway.

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