In comments to this post, anon 5:56 raises an objection, writing,
Oh good god.Frankly, I completely agree. I know we've been over this stuff a million times (though I thought the particular issue of narrow v. broad in research interests was a new angle on an old problem). I'm sick of it, too, and this whole thing makes me want to throw up.
We have had this same discussion re every piece of the application: cv, writing sample, teaching statement, etc., and we have had it ad nauseum...
I'm just so fucking sick of tinkering with the various parts of my application that just thinking about it makes me want to vomit, and then drink until I vomit again, and then gag myself until I vomit one more time, just for good measure.
However, I know I'm not alone in preparing to go through this nauseating process again in the fall, and although I don't want to stifle expressions of frustration, I also want to figure out how to make myself appealing to search committees. Because as of right now, I seem to be unappealing to them.
In closing, I am also in wholehearted agreement with this, from the same comment:
I'm sure some dipshit will tell me that my attitude is the reason I haven't landed and probably won't land a job. Ever. In this field or any other. In this or any other possible world. So I think I'll just preemptively tell that dipshit to kiss my ass.;-)