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All About Tom
Yesterday I received the latest fundraising brochure from my alma mater UC Berkeley. This one unfolds to reveal information on a series of prominent alumni, including Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu and writer Joan Didion. And then, further down, the following:

To think that I wrote a letter of recommendation for the dude on the right and, what is more, repeatedly shared salami and ill-slivered pieces of Trader Joe's one-pound chocolate bars with him while discussing cultural theory in the English Lounge, the window overlooking the steps of Wheeler Hall propped open to permit illicit smoking. Maybe I should be getting a cut of that campaign's take.

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siyeh From: siyeh Date: October 24th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You actually know Tom?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 24th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, I did. If only I could get in touch with him, he might reward me handsomely!
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: October 24th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hahahaha to "if only I could get in touch with" the guy who runs Myspace. For pete's sake, *I* can get in touch with him!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 24th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, tell him that Charlie Bertsch says "Hi" and would like a job at MySpace!
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: October 24th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I assumed, when I wrote my comment, that if I contact him for you then I get a cut of your cut!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 25th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Of course you do! Really, though, I'd just like to talk and perhaps meet with him. We spent a lot of time together. He's pretty cool, despite all the criticisms of his public persona.
From: batdina Date: October 24th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
my only famous [not]alum is Jason Kidd, who I had the pleasure of failing in a class in 1994 or 5. For some reason my students now think that's a pretty cool thing I did, or at least the ones who don't think I should be shot on sight for it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 25th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, he deserved to fail. I had quite a few hard-working athletes over the years, including one who is close to a sure bet for the NFL Hall of Fame. Jason, though, was allowed to get away with murder that other Cal athletes were denied.
pissang From: pissang Date: October 25th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bono went to Cal?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 25th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
::laughing::

On the right!
From: samifo Date: October 25th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, that Tom really knew how to cash in, huh? I don't understand, though, how one makes money from a free website. Anyway, do you know Jonas Brodin? He seems like someone you might know, he's all like super smart an' shit.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 25th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Advertising, I think. Shit, I'd have cashed in too, at this point. I've lost my pride!

No, I don't know him. But his profile sounds interesting. Do you have a class with him?
From: samifo Date: October 25th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
He teaches the critical studies class.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 25th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And you're liking it?
From: babyiwasshot Date: October 25th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Just get a myspace profile; he'll automoatically become your "friend" again.

Unrelated: http://babyiwasshot.livejournal.com/468437.html (You might enjoy this).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 25th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I have a MySpace profile, actually. I set one up a long time ago because I felt guilty for not having responded to the e-mail he sent me when he was starting MySpace. "I'm more into Live Journal," I told him. Sigh.

I really liked that entry you linked to when I read it. Thanks for reminding me about it.
From: babyiwasshot Date: October 25th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I really liked that entry you linked to when I read it. Thanks for reminding me about it.

HAH! Sorry. Due to lack of comments, I posit that I have no audience and that nobody reads it, though I compose entries with an audience in mind--it's odd.

AS for the content of the entry itself, I find the dialog interesting because it offers a sort of aesthetic equivalent of cogito ergo sum, which sheds light (in my mind it did this, anyway) on the manner in which art is a microcosm that man's created in order to play god. It's real because it exists, and it's impossible to know (for sure) anything else about it.
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