For the love of men, I speak.
Walt Whitman (via cuttyspot)
John Quincy Adams
Carole Pateman, “The Sexual Contract” (1988).
In my perfect English Department, you’d find more books than currently we have, not to mention a monster-ass bookshelf to contain the necessary sections — alphabetized and sorted by academic genre. (This might be the digital age, but I’m still old school, and I like the look and feel of the book; and the readers don’t look as nice when I stack them on end on my book shelf.) And, you know, I like displaying the books atop the shelves with little lighting fixtures for accents; but really when it comes down to it, the room should have much better lighting, so the need for accent lighting is trivial and a waste of electricity. How can any scholar read in the damp-and-dark without zir glasses?
In any case, that electricity would go toward the advance in technology we need to see as English departments across the nations continue to embrace social media and technology literacy studies. I can imagine advertising screens (televisions?) in glass cases outside the office, or at least screens in an area where undergraduate and graduate students can view upcoming events, lectures, etc.; and we’d save a damn ton of paper — think of all that money for books! My dream might need an entire building — the undergraduates need a study/break space that’s full of light and open, and so do the graduate students; the faculty/staff rooms (respectively); and, one should obviously know, a cafe on the ground floor common space with the study lounges, and the classroom spaces on the two floors above.
Can you imagine what it would be like to incorporate the English department into the library structure? What if we re-imagined how the placement of our department worked, and what if, in the long-term planning of university renovations, we were able to create a learning environment where academic departments were directly connected to spaces where students typically study and do homework? Students might be better situated in their “community” placement, i.e. they might feel like they have a department space to call home, unlike the current structure where students rarely spend casual time with graduate students and faculty. What if they were working in the same places?! Oh, the jitters! …
Linda Bierds, “Steller’s Jay” in Roget’s Illusion (2014).
Linda Bierds, “Roget’s Illusion: Three” in Roget’s Illusion (2014).
Michael Sam (via the Huffington Post)
Joan Didion, “The White Album” (via yeahwriters)
Charles W. Mills, The Racial Contract (1997) p59.
Cross by Langston Hughes
My old man’s a white old man
And my old mother’s black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I’m sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well.
My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I’m going to die,
Being neither white nor black?
Charles W. Mills, The Racial Contract (1997), p55.