While grumbling through my latest attempt to shave some time off my conference presentation, I came across a write-up about a Shakespeare conference at which presenters who go overlong are chased off the stage by a bear (as in exit pursued by). Just the incentive I need. And maybe something to liven up the annual meeting of music scholars, which shall remain nameless? Although perhaps something more musicological is required. Run off the stage by a belligerent Valkyrie, perhaps? Flattened by a falling anvil chorus? Seized by the fickle Guidonian hand of fate?