Divided Loyalty

The analyst works miracles. I told him that Klara, who normally is very good at following instructions and is the teachers’ favorite, acts like the teacher is dead whenever I’m in the room.

Take the music lesson. We’ve been going since she was 8 months old. She loves the music lesson and begs me to sign her up. She loves the teacher because she has known her forever. It’s always in the same space, so everything is familiar.

But at the actual lesson she acts like the teacher doesn’t exist. It’s weird. I don’t mind a whole lot because the point of the music lesson is for me to have a break. But it’s still kind of bizarre because I can’t explain it.

So I asked the analyst. He said she has divided loyalty and I need to tell her that I don’t mind it if she does what the teacher says.

It felt weird to say it but I thought, why not, there’s nothing to lose. So I said, “Klara, at the music lesson it’s ok to do what Ms Ellen says.”

“Why??” Klara asked.

“Because she’s the teacher and I’m just sitting there,” I explained.

This made Klara so happy she kissed my knee. (That’s as high as she reaches).

And at the lesson, the change was enormous. She sat close to the teacher and did everything the teacher said. For the first time since 2016.

I have no idea how I was supposed to know that this is what I had to do to reassure her.

Edited Volume

I’m going to put all this stuff about the positions in Hispanic Studies being wiped out and moved to English in my edited volume. I’m studying the MLA job lists and running the numbers.

I want to talk about the ways in which neoliberal austerity masks as progressivism to destroy the Humanities. Nobody else is talking about it anywhere but on the fringes and not in actual academic research.


Everybody always says, “Other foreign language programs can be wiped out but not Spanish. There are too many Hispanics in the country for that!”

But it’s a load of BS. Opening a token Latinxs position with the English Department allows to get rid of Spanish.

And it’s not just a money-saving move. It’s also an ideological position. Severing the study of Latin American culture from its roots in Spain and moving it to English departments promotes the idea that a “Latinxs person” is actually an Anglo with a slightly different “look” and a funny name.

It’s also cute how fixated the academic wokesters are on border-crossings. There are actual positions advertised in “Border Studies.” Compared with the number of jobs for specialists in the Hispanic Golden Age, there’s a plethora of these “border positions.” Again, the idea here is that Hispanic people sprout like mushrooms on the border and immediately proceed to being suitably abject and pathetic. All that’s interesting about them is that they cross the US border. That they have history, languages, culture, a whole world they carry inside is irrelevant and, largely, unknown. If all you teach about Hispanic people is the weeping at the border and never Cervantes, Sor Juana, Alarcón, Lope, Galdós, Castellanos Moya, and on and on, don’t tell me this is not ideological.

The Rich Are Different

And here is the wokie version of “owning the libs.” But this fellow actually shells out $300 to feel like he owned an imaginary enemy.

It’s funny how one needs either to have a large income or a bunch of advanced degrees to like Elizabeth Warren.