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How I Solved My Midlife Crisis

Did I want to simply 'phone in' my job for the next two decades and spend more time playing the banjo?

Adam Niklewicz for The Chronicle

July 25, 2010 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

As I approached my 40th birthday, I joked to friends and colleagues that I was laying the groundwork for an impending midlife crisis. At 39, I felt I was doing really well for myself: I was a tenured associate professor of media studies at a rising...

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