Here’s how I’m hoping to have my days go while I’m up here:
7:00am Wake, Breakfast, pulling self together
8:00am Update Journal (tada!)
11:00am-2:00pm One on one meetings with students
5:00-7:00pm Program Critiques
8:00pm Evening fun
12:00 midnight Bed
So is this going to happen? It leaves out a bunch of the other components of the summer program here: seminars, artists’ presentations, graduate boards , faculty meetings. But if I can stick to something close to it, I’ll be feeling pretty darn good by the end of the month
Am I just setting myself up, though? Providing myself with a blueprint that I’ll look at with regret in a couple of weeks. The time has a way of getting a way from one up here. And my history with Bard is so complicated. Am I now sitting a a dorm room pledging that this time I’ll get it right? This time I’ll be a good student (even as a teacher?)
Bush just said that he believed that freedom is the future “for all humanity” with an intonation that that made it sound like a death sentence.
Things I love about teaching up here in the summer: 1)the NPR station carries “The Writer’s Almanac”. Today, we find out, was the day that the Globe Theater burnt down and the day where Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence” won the Pulitzer prize. The plummy, folksy announcer reads poems that always seem full of baby animals, children and minor epiphanies. But he signs off by telling me to be well, do good work and keep in touch, three things I actually aspire to. 2) Movies are 6.50 at the Lyceum theater in Red Hook, except for Tuesdays when they are 4.00. Last night, my four friends and I were the only attendees for “The Chronicles of Riddick”. Before the movie, we kidded with the projectionist and then giggled all the way through the movie’s blizzard of ass-kicking, chelsea muscle queen psuedo-bondage and relentless catwalk stalking. The whole thing is basically a western, tossed off with gobs of cgi that are treated so casually it’s a real relief from the ponderousness of recent starwars movies. Vin Diesel has an early scene in long stringy dreads and beard which makes him look less like an ambulatory circumcised dick. Everything looks a lot better when you didn’t have to pay 10.25 to sit through it. 3) The surrounding farms have peach orchards that produce amazing fruit.
Tomorow: update on how the new schedule fares. Be well, do good work, and stay in touch -we do this for all necromongers