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

It begins, as most things begin, with a song.

The idea of music’s power is deeply ingrained into daily living, from ideas about what we get from the musical experience, to fears about its pervasiveness, to our creation myths. I’m somewhat obsessed with the idea of a sung creation myth, where it is not merely the words that “speak” everything into being, but the tune. Think … Continue reading

old dispensation

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. It’s January 1st, and like Eliot said, “next year’s words await another voice.” At this time last year, I was thinking about my thesis. At this time the thesis is finished, and I still have three schools to apply … Continue reading

The next thing

Current life checklist: GRE Literature (tomorrow). I don’t feel ready at all, especially after reviewing last night. Student performance (tonight). See above. Resume Send GRE results to schools Send out recommender forms (this weekend??) Personal statement revisions. LOTS. Writing sample (UGHH) It’s kind of hard keeping everything in order. I still have to figure out … Continue reading

Do I dare? Literature Inspired Art

I’m all for literature-inspired art. Saw this on Facebook the other day, and I think it’s pretty cool. About the inspiration for this project, the artist, Evan Robertson, wrote, That’s the spirit of this series of illustrations. I took little snippets of text and ideas from some of my favorite authors (with some notable exceptions that … 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’s Image, Music, Text. So far it’s been a really good read — the 25 pages of it I’ve … Continue reading