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Priests.

These are days when no one should rely unduly on his “competence.” Strength lies in improvisation. All the decisive blows are struck left-handed.
Walter Benjamin, One-Way Street

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List.

Last year I made a list of
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT COLLEGE
8am meetings that seem TOO EARLY
10pm meetings
calling someone to come over RIGHT NOW
walking home from someone’s house at 3am
using words like “cray” in emails scheduling meetings
talking about laundry
not having eaten/weird meals
when everyone wears weird/unacceptable club/team/group clothing
when everyone sees the same shows
textservs
family replacement dinners
missing school over break
joyful reunions at the end of long weekends or one-week-long breaks
finals weeks fall and spring
when people bring you coffee
all the books ever at your library
people who like to read
people who are smarter thank you know/think/than they seem
breakfasts together

and fall
and learning
and so much beauty.

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Fortnight.


Two weeks ago, I wrote

. . .

It’s true, unquestionably now. The last important people haven’t arrived but they’re coming in soon, and my bookshelves and drawers aren’t full but I’ve spent more nights here than there this week anyway.

This summer, 2013, is gone, and we’re slipping into the school year. Four weeks from now, we’ll be indignant: behind on work, skipping events to write overdue papers, underslept and underfed and recognizing the grime on sinks and floors.

. . .

We’re getting there now, but it has a glory.

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Priests of the imagination.

When you read Joyce, you talk about epiphanies: notes like “thank you; have a good day.”

We don’t really know what it means, but that’s the enigma of the epiphany.

They say not to end on a quotation. What do you think.

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A Scrupulous P.

For all their palpable differences, modernists of all stripes shared two defining attributes . . .: first, the lure of heresy that impelled their actions as they confronted conventional sensibilities; and, second, a commitment to a principled self-scrutiny.
Peter Gay, Modernism: The Lure of Heresy

See? Modernism!

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