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Barely Bearable Bedfellows - De File
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cbertsch
cbertsch
Barely Bearable Bedfellows
Here I am, getting ready to shepherd the Bean bedward, while Kim has a much-needed night free of night-night duty and I'm watching the UCLA-Oregon game with a distressing degree of interest. You see, my Bears, the original ones from Berkeley, somehow managed not to lose another game in a row. This means that, should UCLA win, Cal will make it into next week's Pac-10 tournament as the eighth and final seed. The reward would be another evisceration by the U of A's Wildcats but that's all right: I'd be happy just to see my team play one more game. Of course, the game would be during my documentary class on Thursday, but that's a secondary problem. The first order of business is to send the Ducks home for the season. So I've put aside my lingering resentment at former UCLA Chancellor Chuck Young's wily manipulations of the systemwide budget and the sense, stoked by two colleagues here in Tucson, that UCLA graduate students had it a lot better than we did in Berkeley. Go Bruins!

Mode: bearmused
Muse: Changes - The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle (Expanded)

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kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: March 6th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
How COULD you? You criminal. That's like those supposed Giants fans who went to a game just to see Mark McGuire play when he was visiting. I wanted to HURT THEM. You can never ever ever cheer for the enemy. You should know that smarty pants.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 6th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
But the enemy of your biggest enemy of the moment can be your friend, no? Besides, it's all UC in the end.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 6th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Most definitely all UC in the end. And besides, we may have it damn good, but we still have our bear-ly bearable hells. Like the last few weeks on the quarter system, every friggin quarter :)

And besides the besides, you have the unstoppably fabulous Wendy Brown, whose Politics Out of History I walked all the way to the coast to buy only to be told they don't often have such things in stock. Damn chain bookstores, damn reading public who offer no demand to keep such books in bookstores but who overpopulate such bookstores such that the nearby Midnight Specials of the world go out of business. But it was a quite pleasant bookstore clerk guy who gave me the bad news, recommended the campus bookstore, etc. So I forgave him and enjoyed the beautiful day for walking.

To the working!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 6th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Guess where I got it? I was sure I'd have to wait until I next hit the Bay Area but found it by accident at the Borders on Oracle. Funny, huh?

Once you read it, you'll realize how much I've been influenced by the ideas Brown explores within it.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 6th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Will try campus, then will order and/or borrow from the prof who put most of the intro in our reader, and part of the bit on Benjamin and Derrida. We read her stuff on left melancholia too. So yeah, I was already reading along weeks ago going of course of course this is how I'd been learning all along to talk about the way we talk about these things... But don't you worry--it doesn't mean you've stopped sounding "original." Just means I'm yet again renewed in all we talked about about how "origin" is a slippery term indeed. Or something like that :)

And a rousing hooray for readable academic prose!
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