A Neurotic in an Exotic Land; The Adventures of Professor Lucas

Here you will find some related writings (generally not as funny as the book) and a little info about the author, as well as an excerpt from the book.
The photo above should have been the book's cover!--and it
should be turned around!

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Although some of the items I've now posted differ in their mood and style from the book itself, I am posting them here anyway because they date from roughly the time period in which the book was written--and, I believe they share a certain ambience with it. (note added 14 March 2010)

Friday, April 29, 2011

note about my profile

At the risk of distracting from Professor Lucas and his adventures,
please allow me to add a note to my "Profile"--which is too short to avoid
being in some way misleading.

I describe myself as performing "unpaid work in the home".

When I say I perform "work", I mean that I am making a real contribution to the well-being
of other human beings. Those other human beings happen to be my parents, but as I said
recently in a letter to the two Senators from the state of Texas, I have no doubt in my mind
that my mother and father have made a greater contribution to world understanding,
peace between nations, not to mention simple civility, than the US Congress.

Not that my parents are unique in that regard. On the contrary, I think most mischief in
the world is not due to people who get classed as relatively powerless.

In any case, I am serious about the appellation "unpaid worker in the home",
but I have been inspired to think this way by Nancy Folbre, an economist who
has many important things to say in this area.

I am now including a link to a short essay by Folbre: