Room Draw/Mardi Gras Party combo = weird. Madeleine asked if they could still watch West Wing in the living room, and Rosa said No, so Madeleine’ll said she’d probably be skipping. Clearly i’m with Madeleine on this. Though i would probably skip a Mardi Gras party to paint my nails. Asocial - who, me? In actually went down for the food and ended up chatting with Emma for 3 hours (ie., the duration of Room Draw).
Is it bad that i can be talking with someone and think “Oh, you’re [insert LJ name here]” just because i skim the smithies friendspage or whatever? I’m not trying to stalk people; it just happens.
Totally did not write a meditation on A Sentimental Journey. Am bad girl.
Susan: “Laurence Sterne can kiss my ass. And then cry about it.”
Also, it is getting so easy to not write op-ed for The Sophian. Boo.
I feel like i haven’t accomplished anything this week and yet always end up staying up far too late. Though Friday morning i woke up 45 minutes before my alarm and had a moment of panic thinking it was Saturday (because if it were i would have missed my intended bus to Boston).
In both my morning classes on Thursday we got a Philosophy 101 with Descartes and the mind/body dichotomy. Given that i’m taking what, 3.5 literature classes, all on the same day, i should really stop being surprised when the same thing comes up in two classes on the same day.
I think everyone who’s smart in mt’s class skipped on Thursday, because definitely about half the class wasn’t there and i talked a lot because there were many dead silences. William Carlos Williams working against the tradition and so forth. I actually said intelligent things, which having read the poems the first time around i wasn’t really expecting. At one point Michael offered it up to the class which of two poems to do next and there was a long silence and Alice said one of them and then Sean said the same thing and thus it was decided. “This is pretty much how the American democratic system. 2 people decide the fate of everyone because 98% of the population doesn’t bother to vote.” This may be the first time Michael has made some sort of crack about the state of the nation where i didn’t twitch. Anyway, so we read the beginning of the poem and there was dead silence when Michael asked a question about it. I raised my hand, gestured to Alice and said, “Well, since Alice is the one who wanted to do this poem, perhaps she has some thoughts about it,” and she said “No, not yet,” but Michael told me that was a “good pedagogical move” which made me happy.
“When the re-election comes, I’ll be the first one up against the wall.” Hi, i read far too much porn.
We’re doing Little Red Riding Hood in my UMass class, and last Thursday they put up a series of transparencies with the same little girl with a hooded cloak and a basket, only each transparency had her garb a different color, and we all wrote responses as to what the girl would be like, what would be in the basket, and how the wolf would act towards her, and then on Tuesday the profs talked about the results. I’m clearly not PC enough because when Susan was talking about the one in purple (whom many people obviously labeled lesbian) and said dyke it made me happy. Apparently purple means dom, as well, because someone said she would have a whip in her basket. For the black garb, someone said she would have vodka in her basket :) Now i feel like
Jane Yolen came to talk to my Smith fairy tales class on Thursday, and it was definitely a good talk. She read “Snow in Summer,” an Appalachian Cinderella story, and i actually teared up at the end. She also read a poem (“Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale”) she had written for Such A Pretty Face. I keep meaning to post about Bodywise and stuff, but Carrie’s lecture reminded me that fat positive was one of the earliest causes i was into, because my library had Fat! So? and i got really into reading as many books on the subject that i could get my hands on and putting together a bibliography and synthesizing the information... and of course then i got busy with other stuff but wow, i thought i didn’t start doing that kind of research until college. Anyway, i started writing a Cinderella story (i binged on reading fairy tales from all over the world and modern adaptations of them as well during high school) where the protagonist is fat and i was thinking of finishing it for my final for Betsey’s class (which probably violates the Honor Code) and that makes me wanna do it even more, though i also feel like it would like i was doing that just because of Jane Yolen's reading. (Which begs the question of “Do i care?”)
I am thinking of a fairy taleWhen we read Briar Rose in my UMass class we talked about the romance between Becca and Stan and how we reacted to that, so during the Q&A at my Smith class i asked her what she had in mind when she wrote it. She said that Gemma is Sleeping Beauty, but Becca is Sleeping Beauty too, and she goes to the forbidden place and the prince wakes her up with a kiss. She said more than that, but that was the basics, and my original interpretation was much along the lines of what she said, which made me happy. I hadn't thought about the "going to the forbidden place" parallel, though, and loved that.
that is not yet written,
for a teller not yet born,
for a listener not yet conceived,
for a world not yet won,
where everything round is good:
the sun, wheels, cookies, and the princess.
Someone else asked about why she made Potocki gay. She said she didn’t do it, that he just was. That she was writing the story leading up to him being her grandfather and then she got to that part and Becca asks him if he’s her grandfather and he says he doesn’t love women like that and she stopped and looked at her hands. And then she had to do lots of research on the pink triangle camps because she knew nothing except that they had existed, and she actually had to do a lot of original research because there was so little written about it when she was writing this book. When one of her gay male friends read Briar Rose, he said of Potocki, “He’s the fairy godfather.” She said that was too cheap, too easy, but i loved it.
Missed sarah_p at the English Department tea. Forgot to look for her, actually, as i was engaged with Allie, Jessica, Jacqueline, Evadne, and Doug.
We’ve been talking about money in my econ class, and today we did various scenarios pretending that our currency was Baumols -- our econ textbooks. At one point he asked how many dollars he had in a particle scenario and i said, “You don’t have dollars in this economy.” “Elizabeth, we’ve talked about this. I’m the one who gets to make the smart-aleck comments here.” I forget what my smart aleck remark was on Wednesday but yeah, i definitely had one and he said he was the one who got to make the smart-aleck remarks.
Why did i sign up for the Gwen ficathon?
Oh, and Lileks proves he can be worth reading.
lilithchilde and i were talking about webcomics yesterday. Is it possible for there to be a political comic that doesn’t make me wanna throw things? Yes. The real question is whether there exists one that’s worth reading. I feel like a lot of times i just don’t get Day By Day. I went through the last month or so of Doonesbury and was underwhelmed. Ditto Boondocks. [edit: I'm not writing Sinfest slash
Things i’ve been meaning to link to:
If Spike read Spangel fanfic... (There's also another one if you scroll down past the first few comments.)
The 18th-century novel and the rise in caffeine consumption.
*giggles* Thanks to circe_tirgana i now have Tom Jones’ “Sexbomb” as well as the DeBeers commercial song ("Palladio" by Karl Jenkins).
It would be mean to taunt you, right?