There is no album closer to my heart than Bright Phoebus credited to Mike and Lal Waterson, (it involves their sister, Norma). It’s finally been properly released on CD by Domino Martin Carthy plays on every track alongside Richard Thompson who is on almost every song. The deeply Yorkshire voices singing new material reaches right into the modern age. If you have never heard The Watersons, it might take a moment to hear what is going, but give yourself a chance.
One of the great joys of my early days in professional theatre was a Blade Runner-esque version of Of Mice and Men with an extraordinary actress and an amazing person, and even though our paths have not crossed in many years, my thoughts have gone to her several times, and I finally looked her up to find that she is just as extraordinary these days.
From my friend, Dmitry Zinoviev at Suffolk Univeristy, “Seven aspects of happiness.” Co-occurrences of subject tags in 1,350 academic articles about happiness, published since 1970 (tags “happiness” and “ethics” removed as too frequent). Node size represents tag frequency, edge thickness represents tag co-occurrence frequency.
I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.Share This:
There’s a lady walks out of the elevator that I can see from my desk and she always looks so sad. So I tried smiling at her. No reaction, Tried waving. I felt a little silly. Still no reaction. Then last Friday, she waved. And smiled. And this mornign she has been by 3 times and greeted me each time. I need a new job, but this one is a little better today.Share This:
I am very excited to tell everyone I know that for the next year I will be Visiting Scholar at Boston University in The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies. These last two years have been a period of transition (never Van Morrison‘s best record), and this gives me a real chance to have an academic community close to where I live and the use of many of the facilities at BU. Thank you, Michael Zank for the invitation.Share This:
I have always meant to keep this blog up to date, and have always failed, despite that, in the process of not keeping up to date with my own project, I have learned an enormous amount about the using the internet for communication and for work. I use Twitter and Facebook for work, for my volunteer work and for myself.
A few weeks ago I had a fantastic week curating @wethehumanities, a great Twitter feed (and now website and Facebook page) that was set up by two fellow University of Reading PhD students, Jessica Sage and Kristina West. The idea is “designed to spread the diversity and value of the humanities.” and with their inspiration, I am working on a companion site that was called It’s OK to be an English Major, but is now Arts and Humanities Action which I never planned to have such a good acronym (AHA). I also have a blog that I started where I began writing about books Writing About Reading.
At the same time, I am job and working on my PhD thesis. For the my thesis on Anglo-Jewish Drama, my current work is on the playwright, novelist, poet and memoirist, Bernard Kops–see photo–who I had the honour to meet and spend time with last time I was over in England. I started websites to go along with my research https://anglojewishliterature2.wordpress.com/ along with a more informal blog J Lit from an Anglo Angle both connect with my academic Twitter feed @anglojewishlit and a FB page on the same topic. I am really excited about my research and moving on with it.
In some ways it would be easier to work on everything if I knew what I was doing for work, and although I have a couple of good opportunities that came up this week, I am still actively looking for what I will do next. I am excited that I have the skills to do a lot of things, and I could stay “home” in a college or arts non-profit or I could spread out into a new area–I had three weeks at a very friendly venture capital company last month, and although I had never done anything like that before it was really interesting.Share This:
Here is a link to a storify of some tweets I wrote while on hold with US Airways. After this, they won’t be much missed. American will be so much better, I am sure.