- “Death and Taxes” – Urayoan Noel
- “The Truth” – Tim Dlugos
- “Improvisation on Them” – Linda Susan Jackson
- “The Tree of Knowledge” – Shane McCrae
- “Letter to My Father” – Martin Espada
- “In Perpetual Spring” – Amy Gerstler
- “Carpet Bomb” – Kenyatta Rogers
- “Money” – Philip Larkin
- “Redacted from a Know-Your-Rights Training Agenda” – Cynthia Dewi Oka</li>
- “Shards” – Aline Murray Kilmer
- “The semantics of flowers on Memorial Day” – Bob Hicok
- “On Swearing” – Gary Dop
- “Poem in Which I Only Use Vowels” – Paola Capó-Garcia
- “Questions” – Rachel Richardson
- “The Mortician in San Francisco” – Randall Mann
- “The Lyric in a Time of War” – Eloise Klein Healy
- “San Benito” – Chip Livingston
- “A Display of Mackerel” – Mark Doty
- “Study Guide of the Naturalization of the Mouth”- Maryam Ivette Parhizkar
- “Kissing My Father” – Joseph O. Legaspi
- “Introduction to Mycology” – Chelsea Rathburn
- “Why Bother?” – Sean Thomas Doughtery
- “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” – Mohja Kahf
- “The S in ‘I Loves You, Porgy'” – Nabila Lovelace
- “The God Who Loves You” – Carl Dennis
- “José Dominguez, the First Latino in Outer Space” – Dan Vera
- “Lemon and Cedar” – Melissa Stein
- “Some Interpersonal Verbs, Conjugated by Gender” – Alexandra Petri
- “The Prophetess Sojourner Truth Discusses the Two Different Versions of Her Most Well-Known Speech, One Nearly Unknown and One Very Beloved Yet Mostly Untrue” – Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
- “Field of Skulls” – Mary Karr
- “She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- “The Loneliness of the Military Historian” – Margaret Atwood
- “Losses” – Andrew Motion
I originally put the last post into a private category, which led me to look at the other private posts about gender and religion I had that were referred to in this post. As stated nearly 3 years ago,
Maybe someday, if I become more comfortable with these topics, they will become password protected posts, but that day is not today.
Well, surprisingly, that day is today. I’ve changed a lot in the last 3 years, and while these views aren’t really accurate to my current state of mind, the stories definitely are and I’d like them to be shared. As stated in my religion post:
Perhaps I send things to litchin@ in the vain hope that if more people know my stories, they won’t all die with me. Or at least Google will hold them in their musty-server-rack-in-the-cloud/butt
“Electric Feel (Justice Remix)” – MGMT – h/t sadun – what a jammin banger tbh (although it really sounds like “electric eel” now though
“Lovely Day” – Alt-J – I’m honestly just so happy that it’s summer
“Boots” – Kesha – h/t sadun from a Discord party.
“Evelyn” – Kim Tillman and Silent Films – h/t cesium. Song grew on me really quickly. Fan of the chugga chugga rhythm and the Prufrock
This post is mainly a response to the really oddly high amount of traffic that one of my early posts “‘Rape Fantasies’ — Margaret Atwood” gets. It’s been almost 4 years since I wrote the original post — it’s so rambly now and badly written that I feel a little embarrassed that it gets such high traffic. I figure now is a good time to write about it again with a newer perspective.
“Do you just… apply theory to everything?” – Eurah Hashtags are really just human classification of metadata – information which is traditionally used by computers to classify data. Does this mean that there’s this strange human-computer collaboration / hybrid happening? Given the NSA disclosure that they were snooping on conversations but “it’s ok since it’s […]
In April 2017, I was invited to give a brief talk at the Georgia FIRST Robotics Super-Regional thanks to Jeopardy fame. Of course, I went, because free trip home and I was also very curious how my team was doing 4 years after I had left. The Super-Regional was at UGA, which I had been to before over the summer, but not during the school year, so that was an interesting experience as well.
In August 2017, I went and saw Monday Night Raw at TD Garden with my meme friends on Destiny purely for the meme. The tickets were a lot more expensive than what I expected and the stadium was also way more packed than I would have guessed as well! Although I went mainly for the joke, it turned out to be a lot more informative than I imagined.
Although most of my friends here just for irony (you can see trueluis holding up a John Cena cardboard sign right above the BRAAAAUN sign – notably John Cena does not fight in Monday Night Raw), I was lucky that my friend Erons was actually a HUGE WWE fan and watched it growing up as a kid. He was very hyped about the whole thing and nearly shouted himself hoarse. He also explained a lot more of the rules and lore to me, and by the end of the night, I was actually really excited to see how Summer Slam 2017 was going to end.
Perhaps the most important thing that came out of the night was the realization that having finite time means that you can’t take on every project. After talking to Erons, when I got home, I was very excitedly researching professional wrestling, finding the CMS class that had been done about it. Somewhere between finding Jenkins citing Roland Barthes and TV Tropes arguing whether Professional Wrestling Fanfic is Real-Person fanfic or not, I realized that I didn’t actually need to do a deep dive on pro wrestling, even if I could. It sounds sort of obvious, but it was actually a really powerful realization to me that I could just leave the pro-wrestling rock unturned and keep it as a blog post – acknowledge that several of the themes it brought up were definitely related to my primary interests and move on. It’s definitely been a hard thing to manage, but as called out in my meta post, it’s been an important refinement for me.
Below are my raw (Monday Night Raw?) screening notes — because I am incapable of experiencing any media anymore without pen and pencil in my hand
Still on a Run the Jewels kick, this time – “Lie, Cheat, Steal”
“Different Trains” – Steve Reich, performed by London Contemporary Orchestra – h/t slz, who is in a class about “The Musical Voice” I think? Anyways, they’re doing a lot of crazy things with like speaking pianos and stuff. Also didn’t realize that this is the same guy as behind “It’s Gonna Rain” and “Come Out“. They’re all pretty solid.
“Love Love Peace Peace” – Eurovision 2016 – I was looking for Alex Rybak songs and ended up coming here. I’m so down with how self-aware they are.
Like all ceremonies, I was really bored during my commencement so I really heavily marked up my booklet. This ranges from observation notes to recognizing who I did and did not know out of my entire graduating class. Below is a summarized version of these notes with some added analysis.
Slightly cleaned up “published” spreadsheet can be found here. Raw spreadsheet of data analysis can be found here. Graphs can be found within the spreadsheet, but I want to call out the most interesting graph which is here.
People are recorded based on their primary major (double majors are ignored), i.e. how they are listed in the graduation exercises booklet, so these statistics don’t capture how I actually know all of the 21L major graduates. Totals are also slightly off because I’m filling it out in March 2018 so I’ve met some more people than I originally marked down.
I also include graduate student tallies but they are significantly briefer because I don’t know very many graduate students and I am not interested in combing through everyone, so I do not promise a complete overview. The bar for recognition is also considerably lower.