Monday, January 14, 2008


A heavy wet snow has blanketed my town. The trees look lovely. I'm dreading the shoveling, however. Thankfully this did not interfere with teaching. The roads should be clear by tomorrow's class.

So, class went well on Friday. The afternoon session was a little draggy, but we will make do. The morning class was surprisingly lively. They had a good time with the exercise I planned for them. We did mad libs with two Dickinson and one Stevens poem. We also listened to a Billy Collins poem on Youtube. I think they, like the Queen, surprised themselves that they were enjoying poetry. As I told them, "you don't like every kind of music, do you? Well, there's a poem out there that you will like." Students seemed to loosen up a bit. I think it will be a good semester. Now, if I can only get my work done.

Been listening to the Breeders, a blast from the past. Just watched volume three of Mushishi and the second volume of a Korean trilogy, Oldboy (manga by Dark Horse). I first heard about this Korean hit when they mentioned it in context of the Virginia Tech shootings. Apparently, the nutcase liked the film, posed with a hammer (which the protagonist uses). This prompted a brief slew of "media causes violence!!" outcries. Of course, I had to see what the fuss was. The movie was okay. I really liked Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance better which was I found more gruesome and funnier. Reminded me a little of Kurosawa's film, High and Low.

Hopefully snow won't interfere with my birthday plans. If you are in New London on the last weekend of January, let me know. We can meet up and listen to some music, have a drink. There's always a lot going on -- art, music, and food at the Salon des Independants.


K. A. Laity said...

Day one is done! In the last class we spent half an hour talking about a film less than a minute long. Dang.

Most of the snow missed us -- we got maybe an inch (although it is still snowing). Nonetheless, chaotic for the first day.

I don't think we'll be able to make it to New London on the birthday weekend, which makes me envious. The Hygenic is always a blast.

Gene K. said...

so much depends

a plaid Ford

glazed with iced

beside the madras

The Queen said...

Oh, Bernie & I will be in New London for the Salon des Independents...and we will hook up!

Cranky Yankee said...

I have no idea what the Joey Zone and I will be doing that night.

We are torn between two events and we are leaning towards the one farther away.

Wendy said...

Ah a wet chicken parody. Gene, you have made my day :)