Archives: September 2007

Moved

Well, H and I have moved together over the last week into an old but very well-located townhouse. I’m sitting here at my desk upstairs, taking a short break before I go finish cleaning out my old hovel and doing some overdue work at the office. After almost a solid week of moving, with me

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All art is manipulation

It’s the day for astute quotes by intellectual luminaries, I guess. Ken Burns on editing his new documentary: “And you have to be very careful. All art is manipulation. That’s a huge responsibility; we’re manipulators. We have to be sure that this manipulation is done in the service of honorable ideas. We were all committed

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The importance of a first draft

There is a very good, if a little star-struck, article in the NYT about Justice Stevens, who is apparently gotten riled enough, sitting on a packed court at 87, to speak a bit more freely to the press. He also has some astute things to say about writing: Since Stevens joined the court, he has

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Reorganizing

Today was productive. I made a series of bizarre post-its on the edge of my desk, detailing everything that needs to get done in the next two weeks or so – crossed off quite a few of the minor ones, did two medium-sized ones, and resolved to do the rest ASAP. There was some time

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Busy, busy

The semester is moving along briskly already. I have been spending quite a bit of time prepping for the sole class I’m teaching, probably too much, as I should be working more on my dissertation prospectus and getting the prose rhythm article out. But that balance, as with any semester in the past, takes time

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