Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
"Challenges to development are multiplying, often in dialectical relation to the fragmentary attempts at control inherent in post-Fordist regimes of representation and accumulation." Arturo Escobar, from Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World.
A semester later and Escobar still stands out to me as the worst perpetrator of offenses against clarity in academia. This particular sentence was where I drew the line and chose to stop enabling bad writing. Why on earth do I need to hack my way through the obfuscations of a writer who clearly doesn't care about being understood? This is what I love about being a student as a grown up- having a sense of perspective that allows me to choose not to finish a reading assignment. If you can't hold the attention of a willing and gifted reader such as myself, you clearly don't deserve that attention.
This post in honor of my return to reading assignments. I'm halfway through the reading for tomorrow's first day of class (Curricular Design for Peace and Conflict Studies) and Escobar remains the man to beat.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
- Start grad school. Check.
- Write a play. I'm giving myself a 1/2 check for this one. I wrote 2 drafts of an adaptation of a play.
- Bike 100 miles in a day. 3/5 check- I think 60 miles was the most I managed in a day before leaving for Costa Rica.
- Finish grad school.
- Get a job. Preferable one that involves peace and education.
- Write a play. But this time the one I was actually thinking of when I made declaration #2 last year.