Monthly Archives: January 2013

Somebody Underlined My Library Book

If this blog was actually about my life, then this post would address the reasons why I should not be allowed to travel while exhausted. But since it’s not, we’re not going to discuss that and just hope that the

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Brief Moments of Excitement

For the first time today, I taught a section dealing with texts that could actually be construed as belonging to one of my fields! We had read six poems by John Keats for this week and, as the class jumped

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Textual Retrospective, 2012

In 2011, I set a goal for myself that I would finish 120 books. I made it through 119. That’s 20 more books than I finished this year, which (oddly enough) probably means that I’m working harder at UCSB than

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It Begins Again

My second quarter of TAing has begun. Because the English building has absolutely nothing resembling an auditorium, our classes always end up in whatever building does. In this case, it was the Chemistry building. So my morning was a bit

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Concerning Hobbits

The trouble with being on vacation is that I get bored easily. So I end up spending more time here than usual even as less is happening than usual. All I need to do is think of things to say.

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Familiarity

The following conversation occurred in our apartment yesterday (paraphrased slightly because, as a teacher of mine ¬†once proclaimed, “I don’t remember what I said; that was two sentences ago”). We were discussing the inability of some students to properly deploy

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