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Those who see.

I had a devoted team of friends who sent me mail the year I lived in Paris. I would cart the letters and packages up all eight flights of stairs, cherishing my mail already and looking forward to opening it. … Continue reading

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In which everybody dies and there are prostitutes.

This afternoon at 1 I take my MA comprehensive exams, which means there has been a lot of studying lately. I have been reviewing all the books I’ve read over the past two years and tracing connections across genres and … Continue reading

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After the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered

Confession: Despite my whining (see here, here, and here), I actually love Proust. Chances are good that if you have spoken to me any time in the last 4 months, I have probably talked your ear off about Proust at … Continue reading

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Deception, Frustrated Desire, Nothingness: THIS IS PROUST

In 15 minutes, I have my final exam for my Proust class. Which obviously means that it is time for “Quotes from my notes on Proust II.”  (See part I, the midterm edition, here.) After all that happy love on … Continue reading

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Shared Existence

“At its most intense, reading is empathy, shared existence.” -Yves Bonnefoy Confession: There is no one that I love that doesn’t love books. I don’t mean that in a snobbish way, because loving books doesn’t necessarily signify erudition. Loving books … Continue reading

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All Over but the Shoutin’

A good book is one that changes you. A good book picks at your heart until there is a part loose and then it inserts itself inside of that fissure and slowly changes how you feel and think.  A good … Continue reading

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The Summer Recap, i.e the Summer Reading List

I realize that teachers are notoriously a complaining bunch. Yes we have to put up with the world’s offspring, but honestly, it is a wonderful job. When I was reading about all of the teachers rioting because their pensions were … Continue reading

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« Allons voir un coucher du soleil »

The joyous thing about teaching is that you get to inflict on your students all the things you love most. For me, that meant lots of French literature and poetry. Some appreciated it, some did not, all endured it. With … Continue reading

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Midsummer Update

Ok, so maybe I am not as industrious during the summer as I had hoped. I have about a week and a half before I leave for Paris, and I have yet to do many of the things that I … Continue reading

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