art mart & good junk sale

Art Mart & Good Junk Sale at from George Williams on Vimeo.

Is it any wonder I love where I live? (Shot with this. Edited with this.)

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three little words

What’s your New Year’s resolution, dear reader?

Mine is “Let it go.” I’m going to do my best to make that phrase the overarching theme of my life in 2008. The years 2002 to 2006 were pretty rocky for me. In particular, 2006 was my annus horribilis. For each past disappointment, frustration, or betrayal, I want to repeat my new mantra, “let. it. go.”

Ted Leo, “Dancing in the Dark”

Fortunately, 2007 has been much, much better. I am happier than I’ve ever been in my adult life. I’m in love with a fantastic person. My neighborhood is the kind of place I’ve always dreamed of living. My students and colleagues are great. I plan to start focusing more on my future than my past.

And I hope to start using this blogging venue to write more substantive posts, the way I used to back when academic blogging still seemed…how you say?…innovative.

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young artists

A silly, early ’90s video from a fun band. I used to play music with Sheila (the violin player) on the porch of her house in Little Five Points, in the ATL. There may have been some kind of curry and tofu, too. I can’t remember.

Meanwhile, 15 years later and a 2-hour drive away from that life, Sparkletonian young artist Arielle writes,

Rachel and I sat out on our stoop and we laughed about the people we had just met, looking out onto Main Street and I realized this was exactly what I had wanted to do, exactly what I had wanted from Spartanburg– to sit outside at night with a friend and a drink and laugh, and look at the people left on the street and entertain the idea that they all had something to offer, and that we would somehow meet them all.

Laughter, Joy, and Loneliness… Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams…

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is there a ghost

Random Bullets of Pure Blogging Gold:

  • I have not started a pseudonymous blog.
  • I have started seeing someone who just moved to Sparkletonia and heard about me via friends of hers who read my blog. Iowa and Missouri, I’m looking in your direction.
  • Remember when I said I wished I could find a cute indie rock girl? Mission accomplished. Or rather, she found me. I’m very happy.
  • I’m going to two regional eighteenth-century conferences in the coming weeks. I’m a little rusty at this. The first presentation concerns a posthumously published collection of sermons by George Whitefield. The second reflects on the intersection of the studies of oral and print cultures.
  • I’ll be giving a paper (my first!) at 4C’s in New Orleans next semester: “Depression, Anxiety, and Empathy in First-Year Writing Courses.”
  • Literary Theory is a blast to teach. My students rock.
  • This year’s National Coming Out Day festival was a great success.
  • I played a small but (I like to think) important role in getting my university to build a house for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
  • The Hub Bub artists continue to make life in this town more interesting than it might otherwise be.
  • Thanks to all of you who commented recently. I wish I had time to respond to each comment. I’ll try to write something as time allows.
  • I’m trying to figure out what role blogging will play in my (academic and personal) life. I started blogging back in 2003 in part because I felt isolated in a new city, and somewhat frustrated by the circumstances of my life. In 2007, I am surrounded by good friends, (some affiliated with my university, and some not) and so I have a network of face-to-face people with whom to interact. This changes the nature of the blogging I (might) need to do. Thinking…
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