Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Darker Side of the Enlightenment

Emmanuel Eze’s book Race and the Enlightenment is actually a reader, an anthology of Enlightenment writings on race. Our current interlibrary loan system feels so complex that it I am tempted to order the book from a store or drive to where it lives.

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On books for the culture course

For an introduction to the study of culture and the analysis of cultural objects that is effectively a late sophomore level course I was going to do something much more amazing, but I have in fact ordered El espejo enterrado (in Spanish, of course).

Now, because of its perspective, I am thinking of adding to this Rowe and Schelling, Memory and Modernity in Latin America. It is a 1991 book, which is one bad thing about it (“old”), and it is in English, which could be good or bad, and it is “hard.”

I wonder. What do you do? (I may have to decide during Christmas.)

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Spainsplaining

I love this this very useful term. Nobody puts on a grave voice so as to explain the most rampant imbecilities as well as a Spaniard does, although Cubans and Brazilians are also able to do it.

What combination of forces cause the denizens of certain countries to exalt their stereotypes as inscrutable uniqueness in increasingly condescending ways?

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Esther

This is quite marvelous.

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27 minutes today

I wrote for 27 minutes which yielded me 152 rough words needing much more research and organization. This is causing me to go to the library to look for one specific book. Over the next two days I plan to add at least 98 words to these words, and to improve the quality of all 250 words.

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Jack O’Lantern

Will O’Th’Wisp, Jack of the Green, sprites and spirits, I love Hallowe’en.

I spoke with a friend tonight who said she was in a crisis because of being bored with work; she has never taken a job out of true interest, but only for purposes of making money.

This of course is where academics are fortunate, since at least they went into what they did out of interest.

It always seems to me that those who say this is “the best job in the world,” and so on, are the ones with good situations or good situations for them. They tend to have limited experience of academic jobs, or to have worked at a narrow spectrum of institutions.

But there is indeed much to be said about having gone into something out of interest — even if it was not your main interest or what turned out to be that.

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Deux conseils pour la semaine

As a person who was always encouraged to write before doing research or rather than do research I normally advocate never starting to write until you are actually ready.

I hasten to emphasize that this does not mean one should delay.

I also emphasize that all the ways of managing to write and surviving writing that people have, actually applies to teaching lower division courses.

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