Tuesday, September 8, 2009

long snoozy weekend

so that cold hit fairly hard and forced me to sleep away almost my entire weekend.  when i woke up, i watched a brickload of heroes season three.  not thrilling, but certainly healing.  all i had left today was a cough, screaming headache, and maje tiredness.  much improved overall, tho.  i'll not get into details, for your sake.

sent a chapter draft to rowe today which is good progress.  i also have a terrible draft of a job letter and a worse version of a dissertation abstract.  at some point today, i just simply lost the ability to focus on my job materials.  instead i played around looking for conference call-for-papers which is job-related yet way more fun than trying to write about yourself.  then i planned kerouac: day one for great american books.  there will be jazz, there will be about 15 minutes of the source, and there will be a mini-lecture on sal, dean, and the ladies.  friday, we'll talk america and authority, and next week onto my favorite on the road lecture/discush 'jazz, IT, and race' in which i get to explain what a wine spodiodi is and we all try to define IT without ruining IT entirely.

can't say that i dig everything the beats are up to, but long before i even knew who kerouac was, i had the "the only people for me are the mad ones" lines scrawled across poster paper and hanging over my bed.  and isn't it beautiful when your work feels like art?  there is beauty and joy and total embrace of life in those crazy speeding across america not afraid to be weird screaming maniac beats.  sadness, disappointment, wrong turns, and loneliness too.  but we'll save that for next friday when we say goodbye my 50s mad men.  until then it's all fabulous yellow roman candles exploding.

but enough about work!  in the actual doing-of-things arena, i am looking very much forward to the long anticipated date night (which was postponed due to sickness and general malaise).  also making an indy run this friday for trader joe's and (eeek!) a mall trip.  just basics, guys, that's all!  no party dresses, no leather jacket, no fancy knickers.  i may need supervision tho because i am craving a schoolboy blazer, something black and sequined, some kind of deliciously soft sweater situation, tight black turtlenecks, and something absolutely candy colored and childish.  okay, budget budget budget.  i will willpower myself into responsible spending behaviors.

so, i know you've all seen it before and are probably all blah whatever, but i can't help myself:

and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars...

- j.k.

see now, aren't you glad i did it?

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