I am informed that I am in severe distress over workplace bullying. (There is always at least one designated bully, it would seem.) But what is to be noted is that I am in severe distress, which means that the situation is non trivial. Axé.
Public universities are stigmatized as elitist because they continue in the work of democratizing privilege, of opening the best thought and the highest art to anyone who wants access to them. They are attacked as elitist because their tuition goes up as the support they receive from the government goes down. The Citizen had a … More Someone like me says…
Now that spring is coming in I can get up at 6:30, and I will read for research every weekday morning from 7-8. 8-9 is breakfast and commute time. 9-11 is a class preparation bloc on MWF. On T it is a 9-11:30 writing bloc, and on Th it is a 9-10:30 writing bloc. 11-8 … More The new schedule
To counter the students’ love of Paulo Coelho I am to assign Pierre Bourdieu, The Aristocracy of Culture and Distinction. I am wondering, though: if an author is as popular as this, should we not perhaps teach him … ? What is literature? What kind of canon should I work to create or protect? I … More Bourdieu
It does appear some days that my actual research program is not what I say it is, but is about the university itself. It appears important to look at the definitions of what an “entrepreneurial” university are, and perhaps to distinguish between that and the idea of a “business model” for education, and then monetization … More La recherche
Maringouin to East Texas, then to Oklahoma (if all friends are in town) … or just go to Dallas, stay in the Magnolia Hotel and go to the Meadows Museum Albuquerque, staying in the Hotel Albuquerque Winslow, AZ, staying in La Posada Death Valley, CA, staying at one of the low cost rooms in Stovepipe … More Le voyage, historic inn version
Making poems was a way of loving things, of preserving them, of living moments twice; or more than that, it was a way of living more fully, of bestowing on experience a richer meaning. Axé.
I do not know why everything is so beautiful now, I might exclaim, except that I do, and it is that the two or three harassers have been contained. Axé.
One of my classes was talking about some letters and speeches of Simón Bolívar, and how they were about plans for the creation of a country and region that not only did not exist in the form he imagined, but would not, and how it he made it clear that he knew this. There was … More On writing, time, and absence
So I spent all afternoon yesterday writing on one project, and all afternoon today reading for another, et c’est bon, it makes you find things you were looking for. Now I am rereading: Julio Ortega’s 1986 book on Vallejo. This turns out to be rather worth doing and I will have some comments on it … More Mais c’est bon