Monthly Archives: January 2012

Maestra. On left and right professors. Danzar al bel suon, raddoppiando l’armonia.

My classes are brilliant, you just do not know. Only today we were reviewing the precise differences between Hitler and Mussolini and their contributions, or not, to peronismo. We saw archival footage of the speech of 17 October 1945. Next we invited Poetry, with a capital P, into America along with Andrés Bello, and discussed the springlike connotations of the word zephyr.

Before you knew it we were on a pyramid in Mexico, having Romantic longings and diagnosing the Creole sentiments of another poet, as we speculated on the possible meanings Eric Hobsbawm and Simón Bolívar, among others, might give to this. Later with Carlos Diegues we considered the possible meanings of modernization for the present century. Nadie negará la belleza de lo que vimos – de las 9.30 a las 18.30 CST, por si piensen que no estamos trabajando, putaquepariu.

I had never had occasion to quote one of this weblog’s ghost authors, Claudio Monteverdi, in class before, so some students, covered with papers, will sing:

My student said she finally understood both of her classes in my main department.

Student: You and [conservative] Professor X are just alike!

Professor Zero: Yes?

Student: Yes! You both believe books contain not only stories, but ideas.

Professor Zero: Yes.

Student: You both furthermore believe that a single book may contain several ideas; and that these ideas do not necessarily harmonize with one another!

Professor Zero: Yes.

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Que se chinguen los subdesarrollados estados de Alabama y Arizona, conchaesumadre

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Federal Budget

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R. L. Burnside

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Gillian Welch

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Here is a neoliberal speech on higher education by Barack Obama, in which he does not call for states to reinvest in higher education; insists universities cut costs further; and emphasizes the importance of the defense industry.

Read the sorry thing. Then read this smart critique. Via Historiann.

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Indian Practice

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Hong Kong (and Angkor Wat)

The films of Wong Kar-Wai are convincing me I would really like Hong Kong, but I have discovered that In the Mood for Love was actually shot in Bangkok. I will go there too, then. I like music in this film, and the accents.

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Cast iron pot

The combination of leeks, olive oil and orange juice is serving me well.

I sauteed three sliced leeks in olive oil, in the cast iron Dutch oven my mother regrets having handed over to me. I had juiced three oranges and I added the juice to this, and stuffed the rinds into the cavity of a chicken along with some coarse sea salt and a large handful of raisins. I seeded the chicken under the skin with many sliced garlic cloves and just a few thin red chiles (chile de árbol) which had dried.

I put the chicken into the pot, and added two sliced sweet potatoes, two sliced turnips and a parsnip. Then I covered the pot and simmered it slowly, for an hour or two, until it was done. The chicken was really flavor infused, an actually interesting meat.

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A definition of narcissism

My understanding is this: with narcissism the core problem is that no solid identity actually formed inside of the person. So instead they make up who they would like to be in their head and then write a script for themselves for how they are supposed to act and how others are supposed to act towards them. Basically they simulate being a person, but there is no person inside of them. When they are exposed and it becomes obvious there is no one inside they react with either shame or rage.

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