Week 4 in Bloomington

Life has settled into a routine: I go to the farmer’s market every two weeks, go buy groceries once a week every Monday, go to the libraries (public and school) every Sunday, and so on. The routine may not be the most exciting, but it’s comforting. Grad school is going well — hard to believe … Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend

Today was rather unexpected. Went to the library, checked out things, went to Red Mango, had my first Red Mango froyo which was delicious (pina colada + pomegranate, amiright) and got some reading done (I did NOT know that Eliot wrote a short story), went to the public library and checked out more books, found … Continue reading

I have not blogged in a while.

Today brought with it the realization that I haven’t blogged for a while. I’ve been up to a lot of fun things lately since I got back to school. There’s never a shortage of stuff to do, and I’ve been busy having coffee meetings with various friends to talk about books, restaurant trips, and a … Continue reading

avoiding phenomenology

Finished Cat’s Cradle. Not sure how I felt about it, other than it was well-written, and that the horror of the ice-nine and everything involved with it was fully impressed on me. Started a new book: Roland Barthes’sĀ Image, Music, Text. So far it’s been a really good read — the 25 pages of it I’ve … Continue reading

I am of the opinion that the Graduate Record Examination is not an accurate judge as to the quality of one’s thought.

Nevertheless, checklist for grad school applications: 1. GRE literature (November) 2. Senior thesis (November-December) 3. Personal Statement (First draft by September) 4. Recommendation letters (all lined up, to be finished in December) The good thing? I did get a fair amount of reading done. 1. The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross 2. Discovering Modernism: … Continue reading


At the end of the day, I do know the answer to my own question. Whether it will be convincing depends a lot on the steps I take and the work/effort involved to make my point to the people I want to convince (in this case it’s my English professors and grad schools). Depends also … Continue reading