I’m going to Tulane and I will read this old book by Sara Castro-Klarén. Everyone was interested in the Latin American subject back then, and Borges is much better at thinking about these things than people give him credit for. I will find out what I was thinking, what I might have thought. I would … More Escritura, sujeto y transgresión
“Post-fiction,” pos-ficción. Volpi’s novela criminal. The novels Línea negra and Partitura para una mujer muerta. Mines, sugar, oil. Novels about these products. These products as characters. Racismo y capitalismo racial. Most importantly: Open Post Academics. Axé.
Some of my notes (I’ve got to dig up the abstract): On the topic of faculty governance, or shared governance, I’ve noticed the following phenomena as universities have gone to the entrepreneurial or “market” model: no departmental meetings (decisions made by chairs in consultation with administration, or by ad hoc, sometimes secret committees) no departmental … More MLA presentation for AAUP
In 2008, a high school friend of my father’s who was living in Paris, sent him the Le Monde obituary of Milton Wolff, author of Another Hill. Wolff had just died in Berkeley. The following year Robert Colodny, another Lincoln Brigade veteran Wolff surely knew, and who had rented a room from my grandmother during … More Milton Wolff
Photocopy purge of the day, doing it and not looking back: a whole binder full of hard-won photocopies from the 1990s, before JSTOR, including LPM, Paradoxes of literary nationalism in Latin America. It seemed so key to me then but I can recite the arguments now, do not need the book. Politics: Tulane’s library is … More Leyla Perrone-Moisés
El reino de este mundo will be the first and oldest text. Everything else will be short, but interesting, from a different country. That is the foundation, and everything else is later; I should do something actually Afro-Latin to go with REM. Other texts I am thinking about having, for narrative, are Pedro Páramo, Crónica … More Spanish American Literature in Translation? Or Latin American? Including Brazil, or not?
I am told to remember that they feel ENTITLEMENT and they want POWER and CONTROL. I am to follow my INSTINCTS about them and keep very strong BOUNDARIES. There are people whose interest is obstruction only. Axé.
I read a Marxist-type analysis of Lorca. He has fascist elements. The article is good and so is its bibiliography. And there is a documentary about Berkeley I must see. Axé.
Should the university do less? Axé.
Places of Mind is the new biography of Saïd I would like to read. Axé.
My 23d year in this house and at last I have a desk that really is the right height. I feel completely different. Completely. I also have a solid kitchen floor, after 23 years. There are only a few more things to do and the house will be quite comfortable. I have new tires and … More Things