Visit earlier dispatches from past months.
I'm in San Francisco, drinking milkshakes, eating donuts and waffles, and sitting in the sun. Nonetheless, I feel a bit jumpy, like I can't come down from the stress of the past several weeks, having every minute booked and bouncing nonstop from task to task. Trying to decompress, actually reading a novel, though of course it relates to school stuff in some way -- Pattern Recognition, William Gibson's last one, on loan from Jesse. It's real good. I feel sad that I have to go back to NYC next week and write a paper, and frustrated that my password for posting grades got fucked up and I couldn't do it before I left town and now I look like an ass.
Oh my god, I am getting extreme shit from Rania because Colby just came over and I am wasting time on the computer. It's true, I should go, I'll write more later -- maybe a rant about installment 19 of horror stories from the Department of Health STD clinic. This time I had the pleasure of dragging T____ through that special little hell as well, filling me with guilt and winning him a plethora of points.
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Whoops, May slipped by. And I was doing so well with this thing!
I'm a little bit caught up in school these days. School and drinking and working on RNC related organizing and drinking and grading. Some great things I've read lately: We Have Never Been Modern, by Bruno Latour. He's kinda arrogant and schmarmy, but it's a great critique of social science methods and framing. The Visible Human Project, by Catherine Waldby. She is a genius and such a good writer. This one is about digital anatomy archives, and is a great explication of biopolitics and informatics, with fun stuff on ghosts and death to boot. Requiem for our Prospective Dead, by Brian Massumi. This is an essay, not sure from where. I can only read like two paragraphs at a time, it's so dense and brilliant. Written post-Gulf War 1, but pre-W, it's frightening in its relevance. The best description I've seen of how to understand individual elected officials within the actually existing systems of power.
Me and Greg are working on some stuff together, a project that started by looking at stories and photos of amputated US soldiers, but which has maybe taken some new turns since Abu Ghraib. It's interesting/scary to be working on stuff that's so current and feels so unknown. Uh, what does that mean? I guess when you come to understand academic practice as intimately implicated with the "dangerous stuff" like capital flows, governmentality, and transnational information networks, participating in intellectual production becomes this whole other thing that is beyond questions of accountability even. How to work from within the "no outside." If that clears anything up.
I know I'm wildly behind on emails, as per usual. Apologies! Email is so overwhelming, no? Maybe we should get rid of the endwealth email address and ask for postcards instead. So much more fun. Headed to SF for a quick visit June 5th. Wanna hang out?
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Hello my beloved Make editors,
I want to say how excited I was to see Katrina's posting of the article about preparing kids for protests. This is much of what I am thinking about these days. As a teacher I spend the majority of my time with kids and the time I am not with them I am thinking about them. As someone engaged in radical politics and alternativey lifestyles, I often feel somewhat marginalized from these communities because of my work and passion with kids. I can't stay out late at night, I work alot, many people view elementary school teaching as apolitical and don't take the needs and issues of kids and youth seriously. At most events I go to I see few if any kids and families. Not only do I love working with kids, but I also want to have one of my own. I am looking for models of radical teaching and radical parenting. I am looking for scenes that are inclusive of kids, youth, moms, dads, and families. I am looking for different ways of living. I am working with a group called Radical Teachers and we are putting on an event called Building a Youth, Child, and Family-Inclusive Radical Movement. If this sounds interesting to you, see the announcement for details.