Monthly Archives: October 2015

On sound in poetry

I think most poets of a high calibre work in this way to some degree or other—typically hearing first lines of poems simply come into their head, sometimes even as heard voices, successively followed by a flow of words, lines, and passages that come as naturally as leaves to a tree, and are imbued with what Eliot called the auditory imagination, a deeper level of meaning that is not contained in the literal meaning of the words, but—on another level—in the sounds of the words, their origins and accumulated meanings and resonances, and their emotional suggestivity, until the poem peters out, completes itself, and the poet knows it.

Read it all.

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John Green

A student turned me onto John Greene and his videos are ideal music for grading.

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Rising Appalachia

Cumberland Gap.

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Dezembro

Today, unless I already have a reservation I prefer in San Luis, I must reserve this for December 20. December 19 I am in Santa Monica, and December 21 in Pescadero. I then need my place in San Rafael, perhaps, and places for the way back. In fact, I know where I want to stay: Santa Barbara, then L. A.

Updating: Cambria and Pescadero are out for this trip. I have: one night in Santa Monica, then one in San Luis Obispo (which I must make sure to reserve). The third night is to be determined. The night back, and the last night in L.A., are also to be determined.

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La lucha en situación y el militante triste

El neoliberalismo -digamos, la gestión empresarial de la vida- es una lógica global, pero que se dispersa en el infinito de las situaciones (por ejemplo, la escuela, la salud o la naturaleza son gestionadas como empresas). “El todo está en cada una de las partes”, diríamos filosóficamente. Uno no “encuentra” al neoliberalismo más que bajo sus diversos modos de existencia. Es decir, el neoliberalismo está compuesto de prácticas cotidianas, de relaciones sociales y nosotros mismos participamos en esta explotación a la que estamos sometidos.

Como muchas otras estructuras, por ejemplo la lengua, el neoliberalismo tiene una autonomía, nuclea, orienta la vida de toda situación, pero sólo existe dentro de cada situación concreta. Es decir, no nos equivocamos cuando decimos que el neoliberalismo está por encima de la vida, sobre la vida, pero a la vez esta dimensión sólo se manifiesta como un virus que contamina cada elemento de la vida. Y en ese sentido la respuesta al neoliberalismo no puede ser más que múltiple, difusa, contradictoria y situacional. Resistir no es sólo oponerse, sino crear, situación por situación, otros modos de vida y otras relaciones sociales.

I want to read and study the whole thing.

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Je ne le dirai pas

Preamble to comment on strategic plan: I notice a language drift in the university. The intranet no longer calls faculty faculty, but says employee. At the same time, I keep hearing mid level administrators refer to faculty as “teachers.” It is as though faculty as a category were being eliminated. That is one of the characteristics of for-profit institutions and it is not going to drive us up in rankings.

Comment on strategic plan: The conception of the strategic plan seems to come from this mentality. I see that research productivity is to go up, which is good, and support for faculty is to go up, which is also good, but the plan as a whole does not seem to imagine us as a community of scholars or an institution of learning but as a vocationally oriented, corporate entity that is trying to achieve market dominance. We are to better our designated peers, beat them on certain scales and measures.

I would like to do something more substantial, specifically educate the people of this region and state who are still the vast majority of our students. But perhaps now that the state has cut so much funding we no longer serve it, but our corporate partners?

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Mais où?

I will aim for the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction and New Political Science. This NPS article already cites me.

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