Friday, May 28, 2010
1) The Drunk History series from Funny or Die. The thing is, take out some of the drunken excesses, and she sounds a bit like me teaching Frederick Douglass to my class. Or the pretentious drunken (and hilarious) conversations at any party in graduate school.
2) Louis Black on Glenn Beck's Nazi Tourette's. Awesome.
3) A 1927 map by Paramount Studios of fake filming locations (places in California that sort of look like other places.)
4) Love love love this vending machine.
5) A rare video clip of one my personal heroes, Victor Frankl, talking about man's search for meaning. (Read the book!)
6) From Saudi Arabia, the most terrifying commercial ever. Seriously, it's nightmare material...
7) To wipe that previous clip from your mind, check out this one, of a baby hearing sound for the very first time.
1) I feel obliged to state that the Chuck finale was fantastic. Everyone needs to watch Chuck. Seriously. I get that Lost was a kind of niche show--not for everyone. But Chuck has something--and something good--for everyone.
2) While I am still mourning the end of Lost, we've still got the other best show on TV, Friday Night Lights. Check out this fan promo for Emmy nominations for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. It is a crime that they haven't been recognized yet. The video encapsulates all the reasons it is so amazing.
2) The Lost exhibition. Yet another reason to get up to NY soon. Can you imagine owning some of these props? (Yes, the "you" in that last sentence are my imaginary, Lost-loving readers. And I am imagining said readers responding with, "That would be awesome!" Don't kill the fantasy.)
3) An epilogue on the Hurley/Ben era? Sounds sweet. Here's one possible idea.
4) Remember those 50 questions Lost needed to answer in it's finale? Well, according to this report card, they didn't do so well. But you know what, I don't care. It was still amazing. According to this column, I was tricked into liking the finale, and that might be true. But again, I don't care.
2) Jane's amazing mom passed this link onto me yesterday: "Emily Dickinson's Poetry Blooms at New York Botanical Gardens Exhibit." Another incentive to try to get up to NY sometime soon!
3) To Kill a Mockingbird turns 50.
4) Sarah Palin's spoken word poetry.
Monday, May 24, 2010
What a ride. Six amazing seasons. I never gave up on you, Lost, and I am so very glad about that. I never even really felt tempted to give up--not a bit. I just had some faith (John Locke would be proud!) and went with it.
Off to bed I go! My summer class starts tomorrow morning!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
1) The penultimate episode of Lost. (Hope it's better than last week's episode, but even a bad episode of Lost is better than 90% of everything else on TV.)
2) The Joss-Whedon-directed episode of Glee, featuring special guest star Neil Patrick Harris. (Check out an interview with Joss about the episode here.)
The dilemma, of course, is that they both air at 9:00. Lost wins out. Thanks to my DVR, I'll watch Glee right after. After all, Glee is a good way to come down from an intense hour of Lost.
Right now, I'll just be happy to have Chuck stick around. Focus on the good, right?
Plus, there's this sad little hard-working part of me that's like, "Well, no 'Christine' or 'Cold Case' means an extra 90 minutes a week to get grading done." Ack.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
A Cedary Fragrance
by Jane Hirschfield
I wash my face with cold water --
Not for discipline,
nor the icy, awakening slap,
but to practice
to make the unwanted wanted.
Recorded version--with some interesting context--available here.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Unfortunately, there is no rest for the weary and I now need to A) write a syllabus for my summer class, B) write a syllabus for an independent study I am doing over the summer, C) get started reading over 60 short stories for the West Virginia Fiction Writers Competition and D) work on a proposal for a new department line. All of this (more or less) needs to be done in the next couple of weeks.
Oh right, and there's that thing called scholarship, too, right?
Summertime and the living is easy...
(Still, don't take my complaints all that seriously: a summer schedule--even with all this other stuff--is still much nicer than a regular-semester schedule.)
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
2) The Very Best of Nat King Cole playing on my ipod. Perfect for grading seminar papers or capstone projects. I was inspired to put this album into rotation after hearing this piece on NPR. A brief quotation from it:
"Nat King Cole's voice was liquid, soothing. His pitch was impeccable. And there's a word you hear a lot when people talk about Nat King Cole: relaxed.
Absolutely. So yeah, this might make me seem like a 70 year old man or something, but it works for me.
3) This album. Yeah, I know I am late getting on board with these guys and the very fact that I think they are pretty cool means that they are already uncool for most actual cool people, but it's the best I can do. What can I say? The songs just make me happy...and the ones that don't are great songs to grade to. Bonuses: the album puts me in the summer spirit and I've woken up every morning this week to Track #1. Not bad at all.
4) One of these, vanilla-flavored, please. Surprisingly delicious and easily accessible in small-town Shepherdstown. This one can backfire, though. Yesterday I had a stomach ache all day. Not fun. That happens a lot with me and coffee.
5) An everything bagel and a soda at Panera. I've got to drive to Ranson or Hagerstown for this, but there is (for me) no better place to get grading done. Comfy seats and tables, a (relatively) quiet atmosphere, and breakfast for less than $3.00? Awesome. I turn on my ipod and can work for an hour and a half straight. (I feel weird staying any longer than that!)
6) Short blogging breaks. Like this one. And since I said "short," I better get back to work!