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That Time of Year
I've spent the week meeting with students one-on-one in my office. I like doing that, but it wears on me after a while. I feel like I have no thoughts that aren't dependent on someone else's thoughts. And that's distressing to think about. If I could only write their papers instead of my own, I'd be making better use of my time.

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From: batdina Date: November 15th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's that slogging time of the semester. We're in the middle of multi-draft essays, starting to prep for the next stuff (debate, yuck), but not there yet because turkey day is next week.

I feel like I'm in a holding pattern and yeah, if I could write their papers, I'd get an A, you know? As it is, I'm failing at meeting major writing deadlines of my own.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 15th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Precisely. If only it were a matter of getting an A!
From: babyiwasshot Date: November 15th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I feel that shit!! I started reading book two of Asimov's Foundation Triology today and detected themes decrying utilitarianism and historical materialism within one chapter; then I logged on to MLA bibliography and found that two assholes had already written papers on those themes......LAME!

This sort of thing always happens.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 15th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The real Song of Solomon is a self-identical sine wave.
jakemacalister From: jakemacalister Date: November 16th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As a student, papers are evil. I thought after four years of writing them on my own that I would be fine and keep up with the writing. No. I am back to my old MA habits of last minute and just one more TV show before I write. Yet, I am constantly writing in my head; therefore, not enjoying the TV show.

And we allowed the prof in our contemp. Brit. lit. class to add Lessing's The Golden Notebook at this late date to the reading list. We were fools.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 16th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like to tell my students that writing is not like riding a bicycle, but like being an alcoholic trying to stay sober.

I've always wanted to read The Golden Notebook. But I dreaded long books like that in a course-related context.
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