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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Archive for the day “November 2, 2017”

The Rich Are Different

Folks, you’ve got to read this. It’s out of this world funny:

One of the first Hum professors to request that RAR not occupy the classroom was Lucía Martínez Valdivia, who said her preexisting PTSD would make it difficult to face protesters. In an open letter, RAR offered sympathy to Martínez Valdivia but then accused her of being anti-black, discriminating against those with disabilities, and engaging in gaslighting—without specifying those charges. When someone asked for specifics, a RAR leader replied, “Asking for people to display their trauma so that you feel sufficiently satisfied is a form of violence.”

But another RAR member did offer a specific via Facebook: “The​ ​appropriation​ ​of​ ​AAVE [African American Vernacular English]​ ​on​ ​her​ ​shirt​ ​during​ ​lecture:​ ​‘Poetry​ ​is​ ​lit’ ​is​ ​a​ ​form​ ​of​ ​anti-blackness.”

It gets even better after this. 

Funny rich kids. 

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The Drug

My friend who is an addict told me what it feels like to be on heroin. I have now found my own version of heroin. It’s these tiny dried out shrimp. People say they cook them but I could never delay the actual eating of them long enough to cook. 

Please don’t point out that they are very unhealthy. I’m aware. But they make me very happy.  I’m telling myself that they are super healthy compared to heroin. 

I have no idea why I find these ugly, smelly, prickly little critters so irresistible. They stink so bad that people who come to the house ask if something has died in here. Whenever I open the package, Klara says, “Poopy mamma? Mamma basroom!” But they make me haaaaappy. 

Have You Seen My Marbles?

Forget social media. Russia can have actual human beings walk into caucuses and sway voters to their preferred Democratic candidate. Which will surely be the one they’ve determined they can most easily destroy in the general.

And in what language will those sneaky Russians be doing that, exactly? Even my accent is nearly incomprehensible to the locals. Where would that army of fluently English-speaking Russian spies and agitators come from?

People are literally losing their marbles over this Russia conspiracy shit if even I say so. 

Genuises

It’s very sad to be working at a school whose leader uses the word “disruption” in an entirely serious, non-sarcastic manner. The previous Chancellor quoted Lean In at us and was shocked to discover that people in China “speak like a totally different language and many of them don’t even understand English!”

We like totally need to disrupt the process of hiring that was used to bring us these geniuses. We are an institution of higher learning and not an asylum for the severely intellectually challenged. What’s next? They are going to pee on the floor and sniff the urine?

Book Notes: Edurne Portela’s El eco de los disparos

This is a very good book-length essay analyzing the literature and movies created in response to the ETA violence in the Basque country. It has some annoying aspects, for sure. Portela used some really boring, vapid “violence is bad” variety. Plus, she interspersed the analysis with autobiographical chapters written in the third person. I always feel very uncomfortable around people who talk about themselves in the third person because it’s very self-infantilizing. And hey, Portela published a female Bildungsroman right after this book, and that’s a genre that’s all about self-infantilization. 

But the analysis of the books and the movies is good. Portela took the best habits of American literary criticism and transplanted them to Spain, which is great. 

Too Little Too Late

Donna Brazile is so disgusting:

Bernie took this stoically. He did not yell or express outrage. Instead he asked me what I thought Hillary’s chances were. The polls were unanimous in her winning but what, he wanted to know, was my own assessment?

I had to be frank with him. I did not trust the polls, I said. I told him I had visited states around the country and I found a lack of enthusiasm for her everywhere. I was concerned about the Obama coalition and about millennials.

Of course, now it turns out she has such a brilliant political mind that she knew Hillary was going to lose. Nobody knew yet she did. It’s easy to claim prescience now, of course, because it costs nothing. 

The party leadership had nobody but whiny, weak, pathetic losers. What use is any of this (and other) shit now? I want to hear what the plan is finally to win something in the future. I don’t care about this idiotic squabbling about the past. It’s been a year since the election was lost. Since then, we’ve heard nothing but excuses, moaning and blaming everybody else. If anybody is aware of any new, fresh ideas advanced by the DNC or anybody in the party, please let me know. For now, what I’m seeing is beyond pathetic.

FB Request

“Do you have a good oh shit sitter?” asks a mother on Facebook with the help of autocorrect.

“Are you sure you really want the sitter who keeps going ‘oh, shit!’ all the time?” people are asking. 

Productivity Planner Update

I’ve been trying out different productivity planners throughout this year and have realized that the best one so far is still the one that I started using a year ago and that is called Productivity Planner. There is an explosion in this type of product right now and it’s a consequence of the workplace s​tratification I’ve been talking about. I get offers for new systems every time I’m on Facebook, and the market is huge. 

The reason why I hate most of these planners is that they are high-maintenance and require too much busy work that leads nowhere. Also, they all overuse the word “gratitude.” I cringe when I’m asked to start or end my day writing down the things I’m grateful for. This sounds like an exercise for imbeciles to be honest. 

The linked Productivity Planner helped me get back into research after I took a year off when Klara was born.  It’s not perfect, of course. It’s biggest flaw is that it offers the model of 5-day work weeks which makes no sense for an academic. But it’s still the most helpful product in this category. If you have other suggestions, please let me know. (I’m not getting compensated in any way for writing these posts, in case you were getting suspicious. WordPress would ban me if I accepted compensation for product placement.)

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