A SINGLE MAN
BY CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD
As we all know, bookstores and book retailers suffered, and continue suffering, heavily during the pandemic. I decided to check out Alibris.com, from which, for a whopping $1.23, I received a copy of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, originally published by University of Minnesota Press. As a professor, I relate to the main character, George, and his struggle to understand who he is as a professor and the various existential crises that he faces as he not only meanders through the grieving process after losing his partner, Jim, but also reckons with his purpose as an educator. Most of us in higher education are probably having quite a few George-moments right now as we face pay cuts, furloughs, questionable administrative decisions, and a plethora of other problems that distance-learning and a volatile academic future present.