Monthly Archives: July 2013

That writing house, Undine

I might actually do this to a room in my house. I like the idea of installing a long shelf under a window and having that be the desk, and putting a couch behind it like that. Nothing else in the room. It solves a great deal.

Here is another version.



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Pour nous-autres les petits-bourgeois

This is how to clean your house in 20 minutes a day, for a month. Very important.

1. Surface clean living room and kitchen (pick up stray items, dust, sweep, vacuum)

2. Clean bathrooms (toilets, showers, floors, walls, mirrors)

3. Surface clean bedrooms (put away toys, clothes, dust)

4. Surface clean “extra” rooms (basement, office, play room)

5. Surface clean living room and kitchen

6. Clean bathrooms

7. Clean all interior windows (white vinegar and newspaper works great and is cheap!)

8. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house (don’t forget stairs)

9. Surface clean bedrooms

10. Deep clean living room (mirrors, baseboards, dust artwork)

11. Clean bathrooms

12. Clean out closets (hang up clothes, mittens, jackets, hats)

13. Surface clean “extra” rooms

14. Deep clean bedrooms (organize drawers, check under bed, tidy closet, dust artwork, fans, lights, mop)

15. Surface clean living room and kitchen

16. Deep clean bathrooms (clean inside drawers, inside of trash cans, tops of mirrors, tile, mop)

17. Clean all door knobs, phones, entertainment equipment (remote controls), switch plates, banisters and other things that are repeatedly touched.

18. Clean out the refrigerator, take stock of food, organize pantry

19. Clean entryway, sweep porch (if you have one), clean out car (because they’re often our home away from home)

20. Surface clean living room and kitchen

21. Surface clean bathrooms

22. Surface clean bedrooms

23. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

24. Clean linen closet, straighten towels, sheets or regular closet if not applicable

25. Surface clean living room and kitchen

26. Deep clean kitchen (scrub appliances, wash trash cans, base boards, wipe down and straighten cabinets)

27. Surface clean bathrooms

28. Surfaces clean bedrooms

29. Clean one item you’ve been meaning to get to and haven’t (deep clean your stove, wipe down all light fixtures, tackle a particularly unruly area)

30. Sweep and vacuum all floors in the house

To this list you can also add chores that are to be done monthly or quarterly. It’s easier to plan for larger tasks like steam cleaning a sofa or heavy traffic hallway, then it feels like part of the routine instead of that thing you keep putting off and dreading.

Habits are formed by doing and one of the best ways to change a bad habit is to replace it with another action. So if the time spent right when you come home from work is usually filled with email reading and a small nap, try switching it out with your cleaning instead. Making the 20 minute time slot routine will build good habits and help you stay on top of the game without feeling like it’s a real chore.




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Le Week, encore

In the library I will find Laura Doyle, Bordering on the Body.

Changó, el gran putas, I will read it.

I will listen to voicemail again, and write María Estela.

I will continue reading student work and reorganizing computer files.

I will go to my CSA, take the car in, and see about both New Orleans plans.

I will look at my calendar, go to my gym, and plan a prison visit / catch up on prison correspondence.

I will work on the door and window, and I will prune plants.

I will restart the [Hispanic Review/MLN/MLQ] essay … now with a goal of submission or pre-submission August 9!

I will look back at files to make sure there are not more to-do things I have forgotten. August 1, I want to also start working on office cleaning, file cleaning at home, and syllabi; I have been slow this summer.



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I started out as Professor Zero, writing in memory of Paulo Freire, and became Miclantecuhtli. Now I am the coldhearted scientist, Occupying higher education.

I used to say Axé but now I may say #OccupyHE.




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El cabrero, el canto de la sierra



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On the global financial system, or capitalism as organized crime

I submitted my op-ed to the New York Times as per Dame Eleanor Hull’s desire, so we will see what comes next. If they say nothing by the end of the week, I will be asking where to send it next; it started out as a guest post for a blog. I also have page proofs of the article that started as a guest column for a local newsletter. It will be in the September/October issue of Academe. For a revision of my possible NYT piece, I can consider these concise new remarks by that Tenured Radical.

Meanwhile in the October, 2012 PMLA, there is an article on hit men in the narco-war. Sicarios are “end-point examples of global finance work” (Biron 832). This article is really interesting and I will not have time to seriously read it, but some key phrases are self-erasure and murder as communication or speech.
Also murder and the production of subjectivity, murder as work, the global finance system as extinguisher of life.

There is a truly fascinating article by Margaret Ferguson on letters of recommendation. She thought hard about accepting a a thank-you gift for one of these. I do not think twice. I have been informed that the writing of letters of recommendation cannot be counted as either a teaching, and advising, or a service activity on my very deconstructed annual report. As far as the university is concerned this is something I do recreationally.

I think darkly that I must be the only person who writes letters that get people jobs and fellowships and graduate school admission, so they are disqualifying letter-writing so as to push me further down in the competition for raises. In any case, they insist this is a favor I do off the clock for friends, and not a professional activity. Therefore I have so far accepted $25 in books and $25 in wine.

There is much more in Ferguson’s article, though, and it is very important. And there is an article on Hegel and slavery by Gerard Aching in which I ought to be interested, but I am bored by Hegel. Seeing this article caused me to look up Frederick Douglass, though, once again, who was once a slave on my family’s plantation. He eventually learned to use folklore and magic, protecting himself from that slave-breaker by carrying a certain root.



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For further revision

This would be the paragraph that needs expansion, in the form of a phrase or two of expansion around each “this” —

Serious as this situation is, to take it as a fait accompli whose remedy will be MOOCs is premature. Especially in view of the expense involved in creating a good MOOC, my strong recommendation is to push back against the defunding and dismantling of our institutions rather than invent strategies for accommodation to this new reality, or accept corporatization as the only viable solution.



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