Pretty fun, snickery, good times. Sometimes I do wonder how closely the author read the books--does Ortberg think Ishmael cared about the white whalPretty fun, snickery, good times. Sometimes I do wonder how closely the author read the books--does Ortberg think Ishmael cared about the white whale?--although the Halmet texts alone make it worth the read....more
Main points: put all of your to-do tasks into a sort of "inbox" and then sort them into actionable and inactionable items. If it's inactionable, you eMain points: put all of your to-do tasks into a sort of "inbox" and then sort them into actionable and inactionable items. If it's inactionable, you either trash it or keep it in a Maybe/someday pile (this is like my "Everything in my head but not on paper" file) or reference (this is huge for me--my commonplace book). If it's actionable and takes less than two minutes--well, do it. If it takes moe time, either delegate it to someone better suited or put it on the calendar to do at a specific time or make SPECIFIC, CLEAR next action plans. As in, like, "pick up the phone and call the hair salon" or "open the document with comments." Actually, I rather like all of this quite a bit--a task can seem daunting without clear, small "next action" plans. I read this in bursts between organizing my own tasks. That seems effective.
Get everything “outside of your head and off your mind “ (3) “Now, for many of us, there are no edges to most of our proejcts” (5) Managing unfinished projects in “collection bucket” to sort through later (13). If something is stuck in your mind, it’s because you haven’t figured out the outcome, the next step or reminders to do the next step (15) Have “as few [collection buckets] as you can get away with” (29). empty the bucket by doing, putting somewhere else or otherwise organizing (30). “projects” have more than one step and you need to plan(37)
“Implementaton [...] is a lot about ‘tricks” (85) Time--use weekends and afterhours to really be productive (no meetings) Space--don’t share space Stuff--folders, paper, calendar Filing system--keep drawer less than ¾ full, keep fresh folders (99) Practicing a “mind sweep” by getting out all ideas in your brain on separate bits of paper (113) Once you get everything “in,” organize by area: at home, at school, on the bus (121) Categories: calls, at computer, errands, office, home, agendas, read (144) Weekly review: collection stray papers process notes look at calendar empty head—everything you’re thinking about review big projects review next action lists review waiting for lists review someday/maybe list be creative and courageous (185-187)
When you look at your lists and decide what to do think: 1. Context (do you have what you need to do this?) 2. Time available 3. Energy available 4. Priority (192)
When you are good at this sort of thing you are “organized enough to take advantage of the ‘weird time’ windows that show up” and you can “switch between one task and others” (199) . ...more
My sister gave me this book and I was sick, so I read it all at once. I remember some of these delightful stories from anthologies, stories that stuckMy sister gave me this book and I was sick, so I read it all at once. I remember some of these delightful stories from anthologies, stories that stuck in my head (the one about the minor demon and the rose inspired a whole art phase in high school) for a long, long time. I didn't have a voice to read them aloud, but I'm so glad to have them to do so. Brilliant one and all....more
I wish there were a word for "good-natured understanding that we are all ridiculous in our own right, but nonetheless lovable." Because that's what maI wish there were a word for "good-natured understanding that we are all ridiculous in our own right, but nonetheless lovable." Because that's what many Eastern European Jewish stories are,what my favorite TV shows (Parks and Rec, Brooklyn 99, etc.) are and that's what this book is. The plot, if you can say there is a plot, revolves around being an unexpected guest at an old-fashioned country squire's home where the traditions of 17th century England are the most recent. The sketches of the cheery, odd, quaint and lovable characters sort of take the edge off of the "hap-happiest" time of the year and make you just appreciate the strange and lovely people around you....more
One of the best academic books I've read in a long time. Every article was well written and thoughtful and it was a really diverse assortment of topicOne of the best academic books I've read in a long time. Every article was well written and thoughtful and it was a really diverse assortment of topics. Here's my thoughts excerpted from the review I wrote.
"It would be tempting to suggest that transnationality of bodies occurs only in the international movement of bodies, and certainly that is part of national discourse about bodies. The very real risks and consequences of the immigrating body are highlighted in chapters by Natalia Molina and Kristina Shull, which investigate US anxieties of, respectively, unhealthy Mexican and unlawful Cuban immigrants. Nation states trying to shape or reshape a national identity can easily fix upon immigrants as threats to that identity, sending undesirable bodies back, banishing them from the national body or else keeping them in limbo, as in the case of the Mariel Cubans, many of whom, Shull points out, waited twenty-five years to have their status finally determined. Immigration, though, is just one site of transnational anxiety.
Transnational biopolitics also anxiously seek to circumscribe contact between exported military bodies and civilians in the occupied nations, especially sexual contact. Paul A. Kramer examines perceptions of US-sanctioned prostitution during the Philippine-American War and finds well-worn concerns about health and corruption in encountering the other-nationed body. Although the US government accepted the inevitability of prostitution, Kramer points out the consistent domestic debate against US sexual exploitation. Brenda Gayle Plummer, studying a period more than half a century later, points out the contradictions of US policy regarding interracial marriage between GIs and European women that led to thousands of abandoned mixed-race children. When military bodies can be tempted away by women in occupied territories, domestic female bodies, too, become redefined as part of the national project. Emily S. Rosenberg points to a six-page spread in Life magazine on May 21, 1945 that declared explicitly “[GIs] have seen and evaluated the relative endowments of English girls, French girls, Australian girls, and Polynesian girls. They have some to be beautiful, come pretty, some exotic. But none of them look like the American girls and the GI has come to appreciate and miss, with a deep and genuine poignance [sic], the look that sets American girls apart from those of all other lands.” Describing the so-called American Look became a way of reclaiming soldiers at the end of the war from international romances. Women domestic and abroad redefine national tropes during times of war.
Other bodies encountered in military occupation, especially enemy bodies, both combatant and civilian, but especially dead, challenge national identities. Marilyn B. Young describes how the practice of “body counts” began in the Korean War as part of the mission to “kill as many Chinese Communists as possible without enlarging the war at the present in Korea.” This unofficial objective crescendoed during the Vietnam War, marking Vietnamese bodies as dehumanized metrics for advancement. The practice, Young points out, has been discontinued and redefined, but always lingers with the troublesome question of “whose bodies count” (238). Rosenberg and Fitzpatrick’s epilogue take the question to the extreme by examining the absence of combatant bodies. They point out that the “dead body is troublesome to good and ordinary people and much be repeatedly concealed” through the distance of modern warfare and torture techniques. Dark sites and drone attacks maintain “the illusion of innocence” to domestic audiences while bodies are “very visible to others” feeding “an accelerating cycle of misunderstanding and ever more vicious violence.” The bodies of the veterans themselves can be appropriated to a national narrative, too, points out Annessa C. Stagner, whose study of shell-shocked WWI veterans reveals an American obsession with not just curing the emotionally distraught vets, but “building even better men.” While European veterans might be unable to control their minds, “mirror[ing] the irrationality of European nations leading to the outbreak of war,” American veterans were repeatedly told that war-induced mental illnesses were “relatively simple and recoverable rather than complex and dangerous.” The metonymy of the soldier body for the nation is not a difficult jump when each soldier wears the flag on the sleeve, especially as that body crosses national boundaries
But a body doesn’t have to cross nation-state boundaries to be transnational. America is, itself, the editors assert, “always simultaneously a transnationalism.” From the non-racial descriptions of the American Look to the “transnational participatory pastiche” of Physical Culture’s ripped and toned figures (Fitzpatrick 81) to the physical fitness of young children, American transnationalism has had an internal as well as external bent to it. Individual bodies can, themselves, be transnational; articles in Body and Nation describe how Asian American celebrities Anna May Wong and Sammy Lee embodied transnationalism as ambassadors of American culture and politics, while the carefully curated body of US president FDR became a symbol for American strength in World War II." ...more
Foucault parable of IKEA knock-offs and panopticons. Genuinely terrifying and you might be tempted to find the protagonist too glibly indie, but she,Foucault parable of IKEA knock-offs and panopticons. Genuinely terrifying and you might be tempted to find the protagonist too glibly indie, but she, uncharacteristic of that type, changes in wonderful, terrible, realistic ways. Definitely one for the hauntology course....more
Aspasia wasn't just a rhetorician--she was rhetorical.
Because we don't have any of her unmitigated writing, it's hard to know what Aspasia wrote--orAspasia wasn't just a rhetorician--she was rhetorical.
Because we don't have any of her unmitigated writing, it's hard to know what Aspasia wrote--or didn't write--or who she was--or wasn't. Henry traces her legacy from classical times up through the 20th century as whore, teacher, madam, scholar, wife, philosopher, schemer, matchmaker, feminist, puppet and butt of jokes. As she says in the conclusion "we can say remarkably little about Aspasia of Miletus" (127).
Some of my favorite bits:
But the tradition does speak of Pericles' love for Aspasia, and the question of its nature haunts us still. If, as the tradition suggests, she was highly intelligent, the love of a powerful and wealthy man could have protected and nurtured her, allow her to develop her mind in ways not open to other women who lacked either her wisdom or the materially and emotionally supportive environment provided by such a love" (13).
In aristopanes as a pimp "Once she is defined as the keeper of whores, Aspasia is a woman near the center of government who controls men's access to women and whose displeasure could bring on a war" (26).
In fragments by Aeschines of Sphettos "Pericles is used here as an example of aspasia's skill as teacher. The story of Pericles' loss of composure at her trial may have indicated his political dependence on her as well as his devotion to her" (43) Aeschines also emphasizes her as a rhetoric teacher of Callias' son as well (43). Aeschines is also responsible for the fragment quoted in Cicero and Quintilian where Aspasia gives advice to Xenophon and his wife (Inv. Rhe 1.31.51ff)
"She is a crosser of boundaries, a woman who has had marriage-like relationships, but not marriages, with leaders of the polis and who advises husbands and wives to seek and to be the bet possible spouse" (45).
"The fact that exceptional women, usually prostitutes, are found in man different genres is not insignificant" (61).
From Didyous Chalcenteros "Aspaia the Meilian ....Socrates derived an enjoyment of philosophy from her and PEricles rhetoric" (66).
"Interestingly, however, Aspasia has no known male mentor. She is no one's student and seems to have come intellectually out of nowhere" (130).
READ PLUTARCH's discussion in 24.2-1; 25.1
Renaissance source Promptuarium Iconum by Guillaume Rouille...more
Riveting, gruesome tale about how the Victorians were riveted by gruesome things. Murder in general, and poisoning, especially across classes, fascinaRiveting, gruesome tale about how the Victorians were riveted by gruesome things. Murder in general, and poisoning, especially across classes, fascinated everyone, including some of the greatest novelists of the period. Flanders especially traces these literary influences, but also describes the popular response to sensationalist murders in baby farms, slums, and villages. The attitude towards police and public execution vary radically through this century....more
Charming ghosty coming-of-age tale. Not unlike The Jungle Book in its episodic, quirky and sometimes grim tone, as KP pointed out. Especially admire iCharming ghosty coming-of-age tale. Not unlike The Jungle Book in its episodic, quirky and sometimes grim tone, as KP pointed out. Especially admire individual sentences and the fact that the adults are wise, independent and engaged, unlike many children's books of this ilk. Some questions left unanswered and isn't that lovely?...more