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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Prep

Screening and discussing John Carpenter's "They Live" in my critical theory survey course, an old fave, by now feeling a bit faded. Tomorrow's Queer theory survey is taking a field trip to the library to check out research avenues for their final papers (yes, they're already starting to think about final papers and it's scarcely mid-term now), then talking about Sandy Stone's manifesto "The Empire Strikes Back," assigned but not yet discussed from last week. All this has meant that there's somewhat less to prepare this week and I've been considerably less stressed in consequence. A stack of grading arrives today to wipe that smile off my face soon enough, tho'.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sunday Walk and Brunch

Superquick note this morning to say yesterday was dreamy, Eric and I took it easy for once, set aside work, had eggs at our favorite diner on Piedmont then strolled through the sweet autumnal breeze at Mountainview cemetery overlooking the whole City skyline, Oakland and San Francisco spread out like a mirage of the future... A beautiful day, followed by a lovely night at home, dinner, weed, and a movie, who could ask for anything more? I don't think I gave Trump and his disgusting bigot celebrants and their ongoing crimespree bloodbath a thought the long day through for once. Is that what it will be like if we manage to prevail over those assholes for good? Nice to think: There's got to be a morning after...

Friday, October 11, 2019

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

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Monday, October 07, 2019

Prep

Writing workshop tomorrow on the Toulmin Schema for the analysis of arguments, followed by a mini-lecture on Barthes' Mythologies -- Wednesday, we're still finishing up Valerie Solanas and also turning to Sandy Stone's "Empire Strikes Back" on TERFS (not yet so named) and connecting queer to trans discourse via Haraway. These days I'm always too nervous to really enjoy what happens in the classroom -- but that said, these are texts I've loved teaching in the past and would sure love to find myself loving teaching again in the present...

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Saturday, October 05, 2019

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Friday, October 04, 2019

Week That Was

...whew! A rather hectic week ends. Intermediate Reviews on top of the usual lectures kept me rather busy these last few days. Fortunately my thesis students are brilliant and wonderful, and also one of them is writing about sf flicks I can obsessively geek out about with her as an added bonus. Next week looks a bit less strenuous, which is good because this insomniac needs to catch up on his sleep.

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