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Times Square, July 1987
Yesterday I linked to my second LJ entry ever, in which I mention the trip I took to NYC with my host brothers Markus and Christian from Germany. We stayed at a dive off of Times Square and, to someone who had spent a good deal of time in the city growing up, spent much of our visit within a few blocks from our hotel. In addition to having conversations with homeless men sporting extra pairs of clean socks, cocaine vendors and teenage prostitutes -- the latter being Markus's idea -- we saw Jaws III in a bargain house where the floor seemed to be coated with thick, pink goo and posed uncomfortably in the heat for photographic souvenirs.

That's my Harvard Model U.N. shirt from December, 1984, which was -- and is, though it now fits my like a "baby doll" -- one of my most treasured possessions, both because it feels thinner than the cloaks Galadriel passed out to the Fellowship of the Ring and because my mother washed it early on in a load full of red things, giving the fabric an eery rose glow. Those of you who have seen me wrinkle my face in various biologically inherited ways when confronted by something bright or annoying -- more or less the same, in the world of Bertschdom -- will recognize my expression. I didn't really notice at the time, but I can tell in this photo that Markus still has the well-developed arms of the Speerwurf participant that he once was, despite the intervening months of smoking and drinking. I guess the body is more resilient at eighteen. Not to mention the hair. I do miss my golden locks.

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grandissimus From: grandissimus Date: August 15th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a great photograph. It reminds me of ones I'd see in CD booklets for Sebadoh albums.

You might be puzzled by the strange poetry on my 'blog. I'm trying to concoct really bizarre entries to see how the algorithms that select ads for the site respond.

Life can be dull sometimes, and C. goes to bed early . . .
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The sun rises in the Österreich, I suppose, but sets under the Arch.

I would be honored to be in a Sebadoh booklet. I love Bakesale.

The algorithm idea is great!
grandissimus From: grandissimus Date: August 15th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, Bakesale is my favorite Sebadoh album, too. I'd often find myself, however, having to defend its virtues to those partial to Sebadoh III and Bubble and Scrape.

C. is an office worker these days, having found Sommerarbeit with Brown's summer studies program. I, on the other hand, have the inestimable good fortune of being able to work at home. I've been doing freelance writing for Barnes & Noble Publishing's SparkNotes division for about seven months now. You perhaps be amused to learn I wrote a SparkNotes literary guide (you know, like Cliffs Notes) for Roots! It should be in B&N stores any day. Right now I'm in the middle of writing profiles for a SparkNotes guide to the 300 best colleges and universities. It's decent, reliable work, and my editor effuses over my writing. Oh, and I'm also going to be teaching a lit. course at Bryant U. this fall.

The only downside is finding time for the diss. I've fallen under the spell of the so-called New Economic Criticism, especially as it relates to political/economic "also-rans" of the early 20th century — guild socialism, specifically. I have some ideas about this, as well as some about Deleuzean assemblage theory, which I hope to integrate into the economic stuff. I should also add that one of my featured texts will be Wyndham Lewis's Tarr (the 1918 Ed., naturally!). Kreisler's death scene cries out for a Deleuzean reading.

I hope you don't think it strange that I've given you this update through this channel. I just realized that I never really informed you as to what I was up to. You could, if you like, whisper into Drs. Berry and White's respective ears that I'm alive and active, and that I'll begin to deliver diss. chapters as soon as I get this Grub-Street hackwork out of the way. I'd be much obliged.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sounds pretty good, all things considered. You should probably send me an e-mail so we can "talk" at more length.
grandissimus From: grandissimus Date: August 15th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Will do. Have you a preferred e-mail address, or should I just send it to your UA address?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 16th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Same as U of A only at Gmail dot com.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: August 15th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Skinny kid... how time flies! ;-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Twenty years. More than half -- only a little more -- my life.

frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: August 15th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's a strange photo. Not that good, on first glance. But the faces stare right out as if it were more than a flat image. I keep looking myself in the eye, uncomfortably.
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