Thursday, April 30, 2009

workspace images

Would you be willing to send me images of your workspace? home, campus, wherever? i'd like to create a presentation involving these images, inspired by a recent FB comment via Trish Harris re: her office poster of Jim Jarmusch's film Coffee and Cigarettes. Trish's comment reanimated an interest i'd let fade and motivated me to think about the extent to which our workspaces (workspaces as images -- thinking w/ WJT Mitchell and Bruno Latour, to name a few) speak. There are many ways to imagine the value of this project, and i won't elaborate them all here (some are just now emerging), but i was most recently thinking that such a presentation might work in ways similar to the National Council of Writing Program Administrator's Network for Media Action, in the sense that we might "show" ourselves and our work via these images and what they are able to say. Other, less specific reasons emerge ...

Either way, if you are willing to share, please contact me at, and i will update here regarding the potential uses of the images (for conference presentations, for on or off-line journal publications, for local faculty workshops, etc.).

nb: the above is my sister's home office, in Chicago. my niece and i are watching Beck's "Hell Yes" video. and yes, i'm imitating the SONY robots, as one does when "working" with one's niece. and, okay -- i've shown you my double-chin, so come on!

Friday, April 17, 2009

"i have to think these things up, you know"

so looking forward to seeing Drew Barrymore take on this role in tomorrow night's HBO production of Grey Gardens. as you may recall, i wept in honorific self-flagellation for my inner Little Edie at Christine Ebersole's performance of the same role on Broadway when i was in NYC in 2007. here (from the 2007 Tony Awards  -- she won hers): 

i've seen clips, and Drew seems remarkably good, as well. can't wait. and it must be said that if you've never watched Albert and David Maysles documentary, Grey Gardens, you simply must, daw-rhling.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

hello ...

it's been a while. i've been busy. preparation for CCCC's was monstrous in the midst of my new 4 course lifestyle, other conference matters, family issues, life, and etc., etc. 

but so now i'm looking ahead to the summer months. i would love to make this the year of my Big Trip to France (ala my heartbreakingly gorgeous Margo Martindale in Alexander Payne's amazing "14√®me Arrondissement" in Paris J'Taime. what? you *still* haven't seen it? set that up. bring tissues), and i do not want to write "but that probably won't happen," so i'll just leave it at what i don't want to write. 

[deleted other stuff re: summer plans]. 

but so while i'm not focusing on the future, i'll be working the meditation and 12-step mantras and sutras and even some conventional prayers because my former Palmetto First Baptist Church dunking still resonates its hopeful affects.

stand up straight & let me get a look at you

It's awards show Sunday, so i'm giving Margot. I'm through with the wishfulness and angst and regret, and Margot, more than an...