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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 30th, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I never knew you were in Sue Schweik's Honors class. I have a complicated history with her that I won't air publicly. Maybe I told you already. But I think I recall her talking about that honors class. She always enjoyed the undergrads more -- as I do! She directed my master's thesis, which was a "reading" of Jamaica Kincaid's *Annie John*. I wrote a traditional thesis for about 20 pages, then broke into a transcript of 9 women recalling how the third chapter made them feel about their mothers, then analyzed their self-analysis. Or something. I had tape recorded all of the sessions with these women. It was very second-wave feminist, very psychoanalytic object-relations in a now-to-be-mocked Nancy Chodorow sort of way. Remember Nancy Chodorow? Janet A used to adore her. I lost the master's thesis. Of course I don't have a copy of my PhD thesis either, and only one copy of my book. How that must make you crazy! You said YOU would archive the notes from my book, which of course I threw away after you left my office. You might wonder what I have actually KEPT. I have the outfit we took Elliot home from the hospital in, but I let Alice put it on her doll and found it in the yard the other day -- the dog had eaten part of the sleeve. David points out that I have that rocking chair in the front hall that I got over thirty years ago in a vacant lot near Forestville, California. I had some jeans from 1978 but I sold them to Buffalo Exchange and made $30!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 30th, 2003 05:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


There are obviously MANY disadvantages to saving so much stuff. It becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish the truly special from the not-so-special. But maybe that's the point of the whole exercise. I feel like I've been saving these things while waiting for the day when I would use them to provoke writing, at which point they would be less significant as artifacts.

The Sue Schweik class was in the fall of 1990, obviously. She was pregnant with Emma, so Julia Bader took over both sections in the spring, much to our chagrin.

I really enjoyed the theory-of-the-week format, but maybe that's because I already knew a lot about theory.

Leanne really enjoyed Sue's H.D. 150 seminar, as did our friend Priscilla.

Incidentally, Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows was in that class too. The lyrics on their first album consisted almost entirely of lines from 20th century American poets that had been singled out by his Berkeley profs, especially Schweik and Breslin.

I never had a falling out with Sue per se, but did kind of drift away. She got really mad at something we published in Bad Subjects after Breslin and Nestrick died. We meant it respectfully, but she didn't take it that way.

Apparently, there was some sort of rift, after Breslin's death, between her and the people with whom he had regularly consorted in the "Friday Group," which woudl have been meeting at the Santa Fe Bar and Grill on University (down around Sacramento) back then. I know Carolyn Porter, Mike Rogin, Richard Hutson and his new/second wife Kathy Moran were part of the crew.

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