Last night I went to a reading about travel writing in an obscure alley in Williamsburg. The directions said “the door is across from the boat.” The theme was “unpitchable places” and I told someone about my new project, and he latched onto a little corner of it, a thing I think is a little thread woven through but just a very little one. I had hurt my foot somehow during the day, and all I wanted was to take off my boots and sit with an ice pack on, but I speed-walked through Williamsburg - I was late but no one was concerned, and I wasn’t needed for another five or ten minutes after I arrived, but just now I snagged a toe on the metal leg of the bed frame, so I’m sitting with that ice pack, finally.
In a time of growing fears of international and internal communist incursions, Colonial Williamsburg - in the eyes of many - offered the best opportunity to give Americans “unity and singleness of purpose.”
In a world beset by hostility and want, the natural history museums have an opportunity, never before equalled, to serve the development of peace and a better life for all.
Weird post-WWII resonances in research for two different projects right now.
Most of the messages are generic yearbook stuff: it was fun having class with you; have a great summer; see you in high school!!! Some of them were a little passive-aggressive: you are kind of annoying but funny (fair); you are loud (also fair); have fun with your brothers (what?).
This week on the Yearbook Office, I wrote about shutting down the bullies within. Plus some other stuff.
This is real good.
Finally giving Looking a shot
- Jaime: WHOA I JUST SAW A DICK
- Jaime: (on tv)
- Jaime: ahahahah scott baukla now
- Jaime: maybe episode 3 is worth it
- MKP: Bahahahahaha
- Jaime: he looks good shirtless!
Writers: Have you ever taken pictures of the weird, extreme, radical things you do to revise your work? Dramatically marked-up pages? Cut-up pages, index cards, post-its on the wall? I want to show my students how intensively - and inventively - professional writers revise their work. Email me with anything you have.
(I’d also love if you’d reblog this.)