Friday Afternoon Confessional: The presence of my struggle
I confess that I’m tired and feel like I’m behind on everything. In reality, though, I’m just “not as far ahead as I’d like.” I confess that my intake of caffeine is already at levels that I normally associate with the end of the quarter, as is the frequency of ordering out.
I confess that on Tuesday, I let both my classes out significantly early — in both cases because the hoped-for discussion time turned out to be a bust. I confess to puzzlement at the fact that the book I’d assigned in my devil course for this week — Carlo Ginzburg’s The Night Battles — is acknowledged by virtually all my students to be simultaneously very interesting and yet not the kind of thing that gives rise to discussion. How are these things compatible? A similar puzzlement overtakes me when I ponder a teaching evaluation from last quarter, which rated “instructor’s contribution” at a 5, yet rated the class overall as a 2. I did an awesome job of teaching a mediocre class? (Remembering that evaluation probably counts as a confession in itself, but such a weird result does stand out.)
I confess that Domino’s has now replaced Papa John’s as my go-to pizza delivery place. The new recipe really is a lot better, and in any case it was becoming clear that my nostalgia from college could only carry Papa John’s so much further. I confess that I am on a kind of unofficial boycott of non-online ordering of food delivery and, furthermore, that the feature on Domino’s website where you can track the progress of your pizza is both pathetic and fascinating. My favorite step: the quality check.
I confess that after indexing my dissertation for publication last week, I received the copy-edited manuscript of my Agamben translation — events are now converging such that I will have two books and a translation coming out in a two-month period next fall quarter. A handful of articles and a review should also be in print by the end of the summer, meaning I’m in danger of completely clearing out my “forthcoming” queue, a prospect that (I confess) scares me a little. Thankfully I have the rest of this quarter and all summer to put some more stuff in the pipeline.
I confess that I’m kind of thinking of doing an article on John Calvin as the first thing.
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