Teaching & Punching.
August 29, 2008 § 2 Comments
Teaching went so well this morning, I can’t stop smiling. There are such ups & downs here; one night, I don’t know where my head is or what I’m doing, & six hours later, I am not only handling it, I’m kicking ass & taking grades. Making jokes about Fox news & getting laughs (though how easy is that, really). Making jokes in general…& getting laughs. It’s somehow easier to establish boundaries & still feel close in age to these kids, easier than at Young Writers; I have this magical authority vested in me by the Dry-Erase marker, & yet, it’s still easy to relate to & interact with them from the front of the room.
Do html jokes make a blah-gger more savvy? Has savvy replaced sexy on the totem pole of pop-culture values?
Yesterday was S.’s birthday — happy 21st, lil’ brosef! — which gave me an excuse to explore the ritzy shopping that springs up in the middle of Upper Kirby construction. Whole Foods, Borders, veggie restaurants, a veritable cornucopia of bourgeois consumption!
&, back in my neck of the Ward, the run-down & badass, friendly neighborhood post office, where I mailed S.’s present, a letter to M., my official RSVP for C. & D.’s wedding, & B.’s care package, complete with issues of the Houston Press. A good day for mailing; it must be the air.
On the student end, I’ve now had two of my three courses. The two courses, Dickinson & Writers on Literature, have fairly different tones to them, overall, which will make the semester interesting & fun; one is certainly more academic, & the other, more exploratory. Both are lively & interesting, & my classmates are so fucking bright & kind, it’s a pleasure to be in any discussion-oriented class.
If you’ve read any good online articles recently, please pass them my way; I’m looking for more fuel for my freshmen.
& now, to write a cover letter for Gulf Coast. Word from the Southwest.