I would just like to say here and now that even while I frequently sigh over the problems with scholarship and the academy (its frequent elitism, its inaccessiblity to everyday people, its writing style, its occasional problems with superiority even whenÂ it’s just stating the freakin’ obvious, its erudite vocabulary that contributes to its inaccessbility), I am really truly grateful for the people who spend years researching the things they research. And I am truly grateful forÂ the many wonderful, intelligentÂ people in academia who, instead of taking their careers inÂ money-making directions, haveÂ taken the time to teach people what they know and toÂ make their years of research available to the public. And I amÂ also so so so gratefulÂ to academic presses who publish these booksÂ that never make any money but are worth it for the contribution they make to our ever-growing sum total of knowledge.Â Â Without it, I couldn’t do what I do. It makes my job as a creative writer possible. Thank you thank you thank you for what you do!