Monday, January 18, 2010

Quote of the day

Not the most uplifting thing to read if you're a teacher and it's the weekend before a new semester begins:

"The University of Santa Teresa was like a cemetery that suddenly begins to think, in vain. It was also like an empty dance club." --Roberto Bolaño, 2666
Still, poetry.

5 comments:

R. Sherman said...

Perhaps this time of year, "a cemetery which becomes alive with zombies" would be more apt, though whether the undead refers to the student body or the faculty would be less clear.

Good luck this semester, and

Cheers.

John B. said...

Heh.

Actually, I'm looking forward to the spring. I've had a month off; I'll be trying out some things in class. In more ways than one, it's time to get back to work.

Nick said...

I like the like of a sentient, though stupid, graveyard; Curly stumbling about in the dark, directionless without Moe and Larry.

Have a great semester!

Nick said...

I like the idea...

i loathe i can not type...

John B. said...

Nick,
Hello there. Thanks for stopping by, and happy new year to you and yours.

At its worst, academe can indeed be like that: When I was in grad school and would encounter a theorist making claims about the significance of his/her work and at the same time read about tightening budgets for education, I'd fantasize about the theorist in front of a legislative committee in control of funding decisions. Incompatible species and all that.