Some bloggers are on top of posting things even when they are in the middle of moving across a huge country, visiting family, and then beginning a graduate studies program. I am not one of these super bloggers, so when these very things occurred in my life over the past few weeks, I failed to update regularly. It didn’t help that I didn’t have much Internet access. (Is it just me, or have we come to live in a world in which a home with Internet access feels like civilization, and a home without it feels like camping?) Fortunately, this blog is a labour of love, which means I don’t miss out on anything but joy when I neglect it. Unfortunately (in this instance), I like joy.
For now I’ll just share with you three cool things I encountered this week:
- Stephanie’s recent blog post on writing. It’s for everyone who wants to write anything. Seriously.
- This weird—and I say that with the utmost awe and respect—interactive “film for computer”, called “Bla Bla” (by Vincent Morisset and commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada)
- “The ecstasy of influence: a plagiarism” by Jonathan Lethem, from Harper’s Magazine (recommended by one of my new professors)—and it’s a fantastic (though long-ish) read. Best thing I’ve read in a while.
All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated….
Being a grad student is intense (and it’s only been a week!), but let me tell you: my program is very cool, and it is going to be an exciting (harrowing) year for me. You can follow the adventures of my colleagues and I on Twitter via the hashtag #mpub2011, and you can find many of us on this list, which was created by one of our excellent professors.
So, I’m still here. I just have to prioritize my course work over my blog for a while. I’ll do my best to post as regularly as possible. Thanks for sticking with me!