Sunday, February 28, 2010

checklist: invited Jo Ann Beard to the reading series, boxed, drank coffee, worked on an application for travel funds to Russia, worked on a radio app, worked on my book, took a walk/talk in the rain, roasted cauliflower, watched a weird one-hour reality tv show about three couples in sex therapy. but i didn't laugh today. i really need a good laugh.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Willi Smith was so talented. My mother used to wear a few pairs of baggy WilliWear pants and I couldn't wait to get big enough to borrow them--and I did. I found this sweater today and marveled at the shape of the arms (hard to tell when I'm not wearing it). It was the queen jewel at sal's today.
Before I Started Writing Today...

...I found some treasures. I love metal trash cans.

Monday, February 22, 2010

My new course at NYU, Fall '10

Nonfiction Narratives: Multiple Accounts
In this workshop, we’ll embrace oral history as both methodology and genre, seizing upon narrative discrepancies as oral history opportunities. Considering texts such as Voices from Chernobyl and Legs McNeil's Please Kill Me, we’ll explore how oral history can help us approach complex subjects and historic events, particularly those stories containing conflicting accounts. As part of this discussion, we’ll examine the elastic nature of memory, and the distinctions between individual memory and collective memory. We will challenge ourselves to reflect divergent viewpoints in our nonfiction writing, borrowing the lessons of conventional, as well as more overtly experimental nonfiction to accomplish this. How do we chronicle stories that do not conform to narrative convention? How can we retain conflicting accounts within our chronicle, rather than synthesizing them into one account? Students will read newspapers daily, looking for missing stories and missing voices. These omissions will serve as the inspiration for weekly interviews and writing projects. The work of writers and documentarians such as Mary Ellen Mark, Luc Sante, Anna Deveare Smith, Moises Kaufman, and Alex Haley will be included in our coursework.
Hettie Peeble's Dairy. I like the sound of her chiropractor treatments.

Monday, February 15, 2010

I'm soaking leather and eating candy while reading about Melanie Klein. This amounts to a multi-hour vacation from writing.
The other day, I found this.

Today, I found this. A mate. A gray Pendleton three-piece pantsuit and a gray Pendleton three-piece skirt suit. What's going on?

I could get married in matching gray wool.
I also found these boots and a very stiff trenchcoat from Romania.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

tomorrow's promises: boxing, writing, and maybe an early screening of sweetgrass. finish robin's scarf and put those new flannel sheets on my bed. maybe eat a heart-shaped box of chocolate.

three-piece pendleton suit!

sunbathing in and out of focus

Friday, February 12, 2010

Moments after speaking of wallpaper with Lisa, I saw this on Robinson Street. More wallpaper to unstick.