You know you’ve slipped, somehow, somewhere along the way, when you receive a voice mail message from your father imploring you to update your LiveJournal so he and your mother know whether or not you’re OK. Just in case anyone else out there has been concerned about my well-being, I’m stepping in to let you know I’m still here, still breathing.
I’m not really sure why I’ve been writing so little. It’s partially the start of the semester, which juts rudely into my procrastination time, what with working and all. But I’ve also been in something of a creative slump lately, perhaps because I’m retracing old steps through familiar literature for teaching purposes, or perhaps because Z’s away and I’m lonely, or (and I know you all thought of this already) perhaps it’s the Dish TV, and the TiVo, and the 60 episodes of Law & Order:SVU I have waiting for me when I get home each night—whatever it is, I’ve been reading (extracurricularly) less and writing less than I usually do.
So what have I not been telling you? Well, I have a new computer, which is disturbingly exciting. It’s a new iMac, purchased for my office with the start-up money that came with the job, and I went ahead and splurged on the good speakers, so things have been sounding damn good around here for the past few days. The iMac is sleek and shiny and clean and it smells like fresh plastic. I’m in iLove.
I think the teaching must be going okay, because today two of my students told me they didn’t want me to die before the next class. (They were concerned because I ate spinach yesterday, and apparently there’s some E. Coli thing going around by way of bagged spinach. I was moved.)
Off-campus, I’ve been spending some time with my new comrades at Drinking Liberally, a local organization that meets biweekly at the crossroads of sociality and political involvement.
And with my old friend Lost, Season 2 of which is finally out on DVD, and Season 3 of which is starting in a few weeks. In fact, in the interest of being able to purchase the DVD sets with professional moneys, I am crafting a course on “Castaways” that spans from The Tempest to Lost. I welcome suggestions for the syllabus.
That’s about all I’ve got for now. I’m working on a book review, but I’m still reading the second of two novels I’d like to review together—I’ll be back with that over the weekend.