"The American obsession with class participation, from a non-American perspective:
'School in America was easy, assignments sent in by e-mail; classrooms air-conditioned, professors willing to give make-up tests. But she was uncomfortable with what the professors called “participation,” and did not see why it should be part of the final grade; it merely made students talk and talk, class time wasted on obvious words, hollow words, sometimes meaningless words. It had to be that Americans were taught from elementary school, to always say something in class, no matter what. And so she sat stiff-tongued, surrounded by students who were all folded easily on their seats. All flush with knowledge, not of the subject of the classes, but of how to be in the classes…'
~ Chimanda Ngozi Adichie, in her novel Americanah”
Work-travel selfies. Inspired by a scroll through my tumblr archives this past weekend, trying to remember what it is I need to do to know what it is I need to do. There were work-selfies once, back when I knew them just as a gpoy, back when this-isn’t-working was followed pretty closely by here-is-what-I-have-to-do. Or so it seems now.
It’s fine now. It’s mostly working. Except when it isn’t. But now, when it isn’t working, I feel far more lost than I did back then. The here-is-what-I-have-to-do doesn’t arrive very easily. Or at all. So, a work-travel selfie. Because maybe that is part of what I need to do to know what I need to do. And, perhaps, a slow realization that I need to stand still a bit more.
Filed under: Photos sent by my best friend with the caption “reminds me of you” because she knows me very, very, very well.
Richard Leach, 7 Words, Distressed page from old poetry book on playing card.
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Welcome to #52instahunt, a community art project and weekly scavenger hunt. This week the topic is #selfie. Follow along with the topics for future weeks under the Get Involved link. Happy shooting!
Photo: Bob Wick, BLM-California
according to Science, the attraction
between a stable object and the Other
is directly proportional to the Other object’s
relative in-stability. where X equals sexual
compatibility and Y equals the ability
to return a phone call within an appropriate
and/or agreed-upon period of time, the answer
is (a) Google images at 2 a.m., (b) just one
more glass and then I’m going home, or
(c) forfeit. for every action, there is an equal
and opposite disappearance. in layman’s
terms, this can be expressed as “two steps
forward, one step peeling away of the getaway car
in the night.” entropy means, nobody gets
what they want. for the universe to be born,
six quazillion stars had to die. most nights,
even the impossible are alone.
- Marty McConnell