Posted in February 2013

2.26

I am excited for break. I just sat for five minutes trying to come up with something to say about something other than work and readings. This is what I’ve come up with so far. Language and Gender: Nichols and Gal. I really enjoyed these articles. I really enjoyed how short they were, how little … Continue reading

2.23/2.24

Saw the New York Philharmonic play Mozart and Brahms tonight. In Ann Arbor. Thanks, U of M. Chris and I sat up in the highest part of the balcony. Which is actually great–the sound condenses up there. And the people and the instruments can all be seen at once moving like the inside of a … Continue reading

2.19.13

I am sitting in bed wearing a winter hat. Out the window is either a white apocalypse or a blizzard or both. I suppose I’ll find out in the morning when I have to go to class. My kittens keep circling me. Over the keyboard, behind the head, tail up, round and round and round. … Continue reading

2.20 – Catachresis

2.20 – Catachresis

Catachresis is really tough to define. It’s not even in Abram’s A Glossary of Literary Terms. So, I had to rely on Wikipedia and a knock-off-wikipedia. Catachresis, in brief: 1: use of the wrong word for the context 2: use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech (as “blind mouths”) Basically, it seems … Continue reading

2.13.13

2.13.13

Just watched Alex Reid’s “What is Object-Oriented Rhetoric?” but even after watching a video that has a title which implies that I can and might be able to answer this question, I’m at a loss. I was with him up to the idea that *maybe* language is something that isn’t *human*–it is a system, a … Continue reading

2.10.13

2.10.13

As I was reading Delagrange’s Technologies of Wonder, I was bothered by this question: Why is that that I am LESS able to interact with digital texts than with print texts? Why is that OK? Why is interaction / access so passive online? And by passive I mean that the text is my BOSS. It … Continue reading

2.8.13

2.8.13

I am meeting with students in my office, and it is SO cold that my voice is quavering . . . I am sure I sound like I am souped-up on caffeine–sitting here, rubbing my hands together like a lunatic. Meetings are going pretty well. It’s so much mental work. My brain is sweating. And … Continue reading

2.5.13

2.5.13

Sally McConnell-Ginet argues that semantics matter. Meaning (or “LEXICAL SIGNIFICANCE”) relates to social practice and to social change–but not in a linear way (i.e. this linguistic change caused that social change). The relationship between word meaning and the world is nuanced. She covers a lot of ground. I am going to attempt to work with a bunch of her … Continue reading

2.1.2013

2.1.2013

WARNING(?) This post talks about human anatomy–in a decidedly un-sexy way. I was watching 100 Days of Summer the other night–there is a scene in the middle of the movie where the two main characters are sitting on a picnic blanket in the middle of a crowded park in L.A.. Summer, the female protagonist–not the … Continue reading