Tag Archives: work

Hello, world (but I typed that in)

29 Nov

Pardon, once more, the extended slumber here.

Life has been full with new jobs, lots of writing, little sleep, and my first apartment. I intend to think up something more worthwhile to say here shortly, as I’m beginning to get into a rhythm. Until then, here’s my placeholder portfolio, if anyone is at all interested in reading my work.

Meanwhile, I’m now catching up on some work at the end of this gloriously-extended Thanksgiving weekend. Of course, I saved it for now. Figures. But what’s funny is that I’m sitting in the same cafe, indeed in the same seat, where I wrote most of my thesis on Othello.

By accident.

Good times.



6 May


Ariadne auf Naxos. In German, unfortunately.

It’s kind of hard for me to analyze a German libretto. Zu schlecht?

Closing time

6 May

Instead of saying something sappy—that’ll come later, I promise—I’m just going to narrate the most recent goings on. I know that I’m going to wish I kept a better record of my time here.

Graduation is in 14 days. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Yesterday, I handed in my thesis. It was my last English paper here. It was one of those ambivalent moments. I was glad to not have to worry about it anymore, but I’m going to miss belaboring over this long-term project.

Easy come, easy go.

  • Last week, Jake and I finished our very long profile of Lee Bollinger. Give it a read if you’re interested.
  • Another Spec-related note: I did my last copy shift with Betsy. That was kind of sad.
  • Also, I published my senior column, which was kind of surreal. I remember reading the senior columns of the people who brought me into the fold. I considered myself a senior column reader, and nothing more. Seeing my own column in print made the whole graduation thing seem very final. It was weird. Also, I’m used to writing sterile third-person accounts of the news, so I didn’t quite know what to say.
  • Last night was my last Spec Dinner. It was so lovely to see that bunch of really great people in the same room at once, perhaps for my very last time.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Greater New York section launched. Woohoo! I can’t wait to start!
  • Right now, I’m working on what may be my last aesthetic/art/lit theory paper ever (assuming the future holds no Ph.D.’s for me!). Maybe my procrastination stems from the fact that this is kind of upsetting. Here’s what it looks like right now:

As you can see, I have it, um, all figured out.

At decade’s end, a week full of nothing: It was good.

31 Dec

In which I watch too much TV, see old friends, run towards a suspicious van, and get a Twitter.

The view from here.

My new dorm: a clean, well-lighted place.

Continue reading

Print’s after party

17 Nov

A great piece for an aspiring journalist, via Gawker:

An artist dolls up defunct news boxes with flashing disco scenes. Thank you Jason Eppink.

… No more words for this.

Evidence of the world’s ridiculousness

22 Oct
  • I am supposed to be working on an English paper, but instead I’m drawn to my fiction. Which is to say, I would rather write a short story than a critical essay. WHAT! If someone would have told me I’d feel this way now one week ago, I would have laughed. A lot. But now that the plot is vaguely outlined, bringing characters to life is such a pleasurable enterprise. They are living in my head.
  • An Iranian-American scholar who was supposed to be teaching at Columbia will likely be in prison for 15 years for doing, well, not much of anything.
  • The events of last weekend.
  • I’m not reading enough in general.
  • I am able to be semi-coherent on so few hours of sleep. So few, even for me.
  • Last but not least…A Fox analyst learned he would be fired via a Google Alert. Thank you, Google Alerts, for notifying me.(See second item. I found out via … Google Alert.)

Search terms that make me happy

15 Oct

Unlike some previous weird ones about pantyhose, I’m pleased to see people coming here after searching for information:

People may learn things! Who'da thought?

People may learn things! Who'da thought?

(Information? Not like there’s been any of that over the last few weeks, I know. I’ve been drowning in job applications, Spec, school, and life in general. And still searching for inspiration for a short story).