Thursday, August 31, 2006

My TA approval rating

Apparently I'm teacher's assistant material.

Ran into a prof I had two classics classes with this past year. He says he has a TA position open for a class I took with him. Says noone could do it better than me. Boy what compliments!

So, I might be a TA. In my second year at Concordia. Neat-o.

Funny thing is, this nice boy I've been dating is taking this class. How very entertaining. I told him he gets an F if he doesn't submit to my every command. This could be quite beneficial, this TA thing.

...What am I doing. I should be packing.

Monday, August 28, 2006

I'm a busy little poet.
And I'm moving. In three days. I need boxes.

Recent reading: The battle of Marathon.

Apparently, the battle was "a defining moment in the development of European culture."

Is that when men wearing loafers without socks was established?

Friday, August 04, 2006

Another good poet

Luke Beesley, currently in Australia. His first book.

And, he used to live in Montreal for a stint. (shares my approach to the language.)

Oh yeah, and I'm in papertiger media's latest issue. If you're in Australia. Or want to order it. I'm excited to see what they're writing down there, down under, there.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

rob mclennan's suggested book survey

One book that changed your life:

By changed my life does that mean changed my mind for a little while? I think it's impossible for one book to completely change a life. It takes a collection (something to be absorbed slowly over time, turned over, and applied uniquely--an investment in distinct personal theorums--the span of a lifetime). Besides, I might begin brushing my teeth with my left hand, say, if I'd read it improves memory. So, habit changing, maybe. Perhaps the question should be one book that has strongly influenced. In which case I have many.

Top of the list: Shakespeare

A few more:
Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Plath's The Bell Jar (situated me in exactly the place female writers, females, can/need for inner reflection/discovery)
Hesse's Siddhartha
Bach's Illusions
some Rilke
some Thomas Mann
anything Jack Spicer has ever written
anything Dostoevsky has ever written--particularly The Gambler
Zamyatin's We
Atwood's Robber Bride and Cat's Eye and Surfacing, and some earlier poems
Recently, Scottish writer Alasdair Gray's Poor Things, and
Neitzche's The Birth of Tragedy
Henry Miller's stuff
Charles Olson
Albert Camus stuff
postmodern critical theory, in general

I'll stop there.

One book that you've read more than once:
Bach's Illusions
Oscar Wilde stories/plays/quotes
D.H.Lawrence Selected Poems
Zamyatin's We
Anais Nin, Henry and June
lots of philosophy/meditations/plays/poetry collections/etc.

One book you'd want on a desert island:

One book that made you laugh:
Can't remember them all. But right now, Miller's Tropic of Cancer has its laugh out loud (mostly at the raw bits of indiscretion and boldness) moments.

One book that made you cry:
The Phantom, by Susan Kay (bet noone else has ever read that book, hey?)
Judith Fitzgerald's Beneath the Skin of Paradise (the Edith Piaf poems)

One book that you wish had been written:
how to write good poetry

One book that you wish had never been written:
how to write good poetry
(among others)

One book you're currently reading:
I always read several at once. I get bored easily and like to switch. Here is the current list:
Barthes Mythologies
Charles Olson's Selected Writings
The Bacchae of Euripides
Either/Or, Kant
The Colossus, Plath
Beat Roots, Anne Waldman
The Illiad, Book XXII, Lisa Jarnot
Victory, Judith Fitzgerald
Tropic of Cancer, Miller
Birth of Tragedy, Neitzche
Under the Tuscan Sun

One book you've been meaning to read:
Everything on my book shelf and more... and, Candide. It's been with me for years. But was given to me by an old boyfriend who died. Can't crack the spine yet. Still. Soon.
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