Clarissa's Blog

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


Our HR department is hosting a lecture on “how to deal with holiday stresses.” I’d rather they offered a workshop on how to deal with the stress of having a useless HR department. Holidays we’ll handle just fine.


The new cashier at the local café just mocked my accent. It’s probably not even as much the accent that’s making me sound funny but the fact that I’m all stuffed up. But she actually mocked me to my face. 

By the way, the café’s owner is a great admirer of mine. I’m obviously not going to complain, especially since the cashier’s rudeness brought back fond memories of Quebec. But people need to be more careful with whom they mock.

Open Borders 

“The greatest hypocrites are those who advocate open borders: secretly, they know very well this will never happen. They play the Beautiful Soul, which feels superior to the corrupted world while secretly participating in it: they need this corrupted world as the only terrain where they can exert their moral superiority.”

That’s from the most recent Zizek. It’s good to see he hasn’t lost it.

Last Words on the Sequel

The Gilmore Girls sequel sucks because it’s so realistic. But it’s not all bad. The last 3 words of the sequel save it and, while still realistic, make it hopeful.

Will you watch it now? 


People, I love you, but I’m very sick and can’t answer any comments. I can post but I can’t respond to anything because my head is too heavy for anything but a monologue. Please keep leaving comments and I’ll respond to them when I feel better. Which needs to happen soon because tomorrow is the last day of class and I have tons of stuff to do.

The Boeing Scandal 

Opposition to Trump should not venture into the territory of “let’s allow greedy corporations to rob is blind to spite Trump.” It’s a screaming shame that taxpayers should pay Boeing  $170,000,000 “to help determine the capabilities of this complex military aircraft that serves the unique requirements.” Have you, folks, seen the report about the ridiculously out-of-hand spending in the Pentagon? Isn’t it ridiculous that you and I should be throwing hundreds of millions at Boeing and a crowd of other corporate welfare queens so that they can use the money “to help determine capabilities”? 

And you know what? I would have loved it if Obama had been the one to call these freaks out. But if it had to be Trump, I’ll take that. 


People who feel profoundly humiliated by the circumstances of their lives will be desperate to generate a heroic persona to compensate for the feelings of humiliation. These feelings, of course, need to have no basis in what others might perceive as reality.

No Privacy

There’s no privacy left in the world. I so wanted to share what great gifts I got people for Christmas and New Year’s but all of them except N and the babies read my blog. One can’t even be private on one’s own blog. 

Understanding Ukranians

Just so that you get a glimpse of who we are: when my mother came to visit, she traveled with her own meat grinder that is bigger and weighs more than Klara. And then she traveled back home with it.


So there is actually a crock pot made specifically for fermentation?? And I had no idea this entire time?

I have lived my life in vain.

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