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Friday, February 22, 2019

Teaching Day

Brutal insomnia last night -- these still happen occasionally, unfortunately -- makes for a brutally long day lecturing in the City. The sun is shining, which means I don't have to walk to the train and from the bus in wind and rain at any rate. Lecture today weaves more on Marx's fetishized commodity with Freud's sexual fetishism. Plenty to talk about there, even if Freud always grosses me out a bit to teach. Before that sprawling three hours of lecturing, I'm devoting an hour or so to an independent study student working on eco-feminist texts that feel rather more exciting than the fetishism texts I'll be droning on about later...

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Teaching day, another twofer.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

At Home With Amy Sedaris

Pleased to see this profile of Amy Sedaris and her latest show (now in its second season) in the Guardian. Eric and I were just commenting how the show feels fresh and wonderful like watching Pee Wee's Playhouse or the early seasons of Drag Race did (or, of course, Strangers With Candy, probably the only show certain faggots of a certain age, meaning me, quote as often as AbFab). Quite a few years ago I got Eric a book for Christmas by Amy Sedaris (we're an Amy not a David household) called "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence" which appears to be a premonitory rumbling of the fantastic show we are getting now. I continue to expect great things, among them, great disappointments.

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily

Another twofer today:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily

Penelope Keith

Spent much of the weekend enjoying Penelope Keith's turn as Judith Bliss in Coward's Hay Fever and many sunny silly episodes of "To The Manor Born." May pull out our old set of "Good Neighbors" next...

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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Sunday Walk

A blustery blue-sky day, Eric and I strolled the neighborhood streets on the way home from brunch at our Piedmont Avenue diner, looking at all the new blooms starting to come in. We finished up with a walk through St. Mary's cemetery, a smaller charming place right next to the sprawling Mountain View next door. Bustle of open houses gave a bit of buzz to the chilly Sunday afternoon, but the number of lingering vacant storefronts feels a bit ominous...

Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Harris Is The Frontrunner

via the generally-vile Politico:
Dolores Huerta, the iconic labor and civil rights leader who co-founded what became the United Farm Workers, is endorsing Sen. Kamala Harris for president... Huerta, who started the National Farmworkers Association alongside the late Cesar Chavez, is also signing onto Harris’ campaign as a California co-chair, joining Rep. Barbara Lee, a former Congressional Black Caucus chair, who endorsed Harris on Wednesday.
Gosh, Kamala Harris really is lining up some significant early endorsements. This suggests organizational strengths that will matter mightily soon enough. I also understand that since her campaign rollout she has been polling third behind the male pale stale Biden and Bernie (who have obvious name-recognition advantages this early out -- a billion billion local goddesses, I beg you, please, prevent their nomination!) while, interestingly, neither Elizabeth Warren nor Kirsten Gillibrand seems to have moved the needle much with their own rollouts. We'll see what, if anything, that portends. Harris is shaping up to be the frontrunner as far as I can see. That worries and encourages me in about equal measure, to be honest, and memories of HRC remain, to say the least, raw as a sawblade. As I said when I read Barbara Lee's endorsement, I'm intrigued by Harris's professionalism early out but not yet ready to commit to any of the candidates myself. I still like Warren and Brown quite well, I find Booker more than usually charismatic whatever my quibbles with him, and Beto is a real question mark for me and I am quite open to hearing his answers. Yeah, I'd hold my nose and vote for Biden or Bernie if it came, somehow, unaccountably, to that truly yucky eventuality.