A blog post you will without doubt not read to completion

We know that title sounds gloomy, but we also know what the economy is like right now. We know that the paragraph which follows is going to make you say “I wish” and then go back to reading more amusing websites than this one. YouTube has some pretty good election-inspired videos. What about that Tina Fey?

OK, for those still with us: we would like to ask you to make a donation, no matter how small, to the English Department at GW. We’re undertaking our first ever annual drive, mainly to support endeavors we’ve started recently: residencies like those by the Scots-Asian polymath Suhayl Saadi and the Irish novelist Mary Morrisy; events around the spring residency of Edward P. Jones; a high profile series on Jewish American writers that will feature a visit to campus by Michael Chabon. We’re asking you, in other words, to support our expanding ambitions at a time of financial contraction. We don’t want to give up on giving our students, alumni, and faculty events like these, and more.

An easy way to donate is to use your credit card and go HERE. Please make sure you designate your gift to the ENGLISH DEPARTMENT or it will vanish into some science project like a nuclear reactor or a time machine instead.

You can also send a check directly to GW, and put “English Dept.” on the memo line (mail to Advancement Services, George Washington University, Division of Development and Alumni Relations, ATTN: Gift Processing, 2100 M Street, NW Suite 310 Washington, DC 20052). Or your mom or dad or aunt or uncle or friend or lover or even a stranger you accost at this very moment can send a check to that address, or donate online.

And THANK YOU for thinking of us in very tough times. Your benevolence isn’t the only reason we love you. But it really helps.

Yours sincerely,
The English Department at GW

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