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The Shit I Write After Driving All Night
I had just spent seven-plus hours in the car coming back from Los Angeles to teach my Friday classes two weeks ago, after spending ELEVEN-plus hours in it the previous day driving from Tucson TO Los Angeles, thanks to the terrible rush hour traffic I hit on my way to LAX to get Kim and Skylar

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springheel_jack From: springheel_jack Date: October 31st, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
if only
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes. This is a class full of Honors students, who come closer to staying on the right side of the divide. But sometimes they still fall short.
alsoname From: alsoname Date: October 31st, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
When I went to the orientation for grad students, they kept telling us that our undergrad years of summarizing were behind us, and now it was time for analysis.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
What field? I think it makes a big difference whether you're in the natural science, social sciences or humanities. I'm coming from an English background, obviously, where writing "plot summary" on undergrad essays is a sign that they are not up to snuff.
alsoname From: alsoname Date: November 2nd, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No field in particular -- it was the generic grad-student orientation with like 800 students from all departments.
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 1st, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
This was tongue in cheek, to a degree. As I noted above, these are Honors students. Many of them surely had teachers who tried as hard to elevate the quality of their work as you do with your students. Not all of them, though, since I was moved to write this after a student asked whether summaries would suffice.
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Charlie Bertsch
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Name: Charlie Bertsch
Back January 2014
You're looking at content from my Live Journal, which I have been keeping since 2003. I consider it a personal blog, though it lacks stream-of-consciousness revelations that typify that genre.

That said, if you manage to discern the confessional mode within entries that are superficially tight-lipped, I will reward you handsomely. Or at least pretend to do so.

In addition to reflections, however mediated, on my daily activities, De File features periodic excavations of material from my "files," a revelation sure to disturb anyone who has seen my garage. It's an experiment in integrating past and present, perhaps with a little redemption along the way.

Politics is always on my mind, but rarely explicit here. I’m working on a theory about what personal writing like this does to literary identification and why some people resist its pull so powerfully. But my goal is to make that theory dissolve in my practice, a density in liquid.

You'll note that I have links to blogs not on LiveJournal directly above, as well as assorted websites of note. The blogs I read regularly on LiveJournal itself fall under "FRIENDS" at the top, for those of you unfamiliar with LJ’s workings.

You can write me. I'm "cbertsch" before the circle-a and "comcast.net" after it.