Erik (eriktrips) wrote,

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day off. yesterday I successfully lived through week three of teaching or that is I successfully lived through teaching the third class. I have "office" hours tomorrow--there is no office so I sit in the school cafe--but those are generally no big deal as once we run out of things to say, we can just end the conversation!

I am thinking of not droning on at them next week quite so much as I have been but I'm not sure exactly what I want to do instead. maybe do a mini-drone and then try to have a little more discussion than usual. I thought it necessary to sort of force-feed them Platonic metaphysics and Nietzsche's reaction thereto, but now might be a good time to start encouraging them to fly a little on their own.

we are reading letters and poetry from Rimbaud, letters from van Gogh, and a two-page bit from Nietzsche. I thought I would try to find some early van Gogh drawings and watercolors online to bring them in to show what he was talking about in his early letters. I don't know that it is necessary to bring in later ones although one can always find details if one studies the real thing rather than relying upon one's memory of, say, "Night Cafe" or "The Sower." it seems that from there conversation could go in many different directions but I need to articulate the two or three main points behind my decision to have them read this particular combo.

well anyway I shouldn't be thinking about this now. I should be thinking of all the fun things I want to do today! what do I want to do?? maybe I will put up shelves and rearrange my room so that I can place all these candles I've been buying. of course the thing is that will have to have them all where I can keep an eye on them and any passing cats who decide to do research.

I could draw.
I could play guitar.

what if I put up shelves, played guitar, and then drew? in a younger time I could have done all three things in one day but now time has accelerated to the extent that I will be lucky to get in one and a half of these activities. part of the problem though is me sitting here deliberating. I think maybe that is where all the time has gone.

another problem is that I'm thinking I might want different shelves from the ones I bought. hm. dilemma.

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