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Friday Afternoon Confessional: Desolation

I confess that I gave up on Berlin Alexanderplatz, sending back the second disc without even watching it. I confess that I am not yet “into” Treme and am starting to think I never will be — but I will continue, because I owe it to David Simon.

I confess that one day in class I repeated rumors that the weather forecast called for snow flurries, which turned out to be inaccurate when I actually looked it up later.

I confess that I told one of my classes about the fact that Milbank denounced me and they were very impressed.

I confess that accurate information increasingly fills me with despair, particularly when it reflects the state of the world and the most likely future events and trends. I confess that as I ponder this, I am filled with even more despair because the majority of people who opt for inaccurate information are indulging in the fantasy that the world is even worse than it actually is.

I confess that I am jealous of semester people who are already on summer vacation, although to be fair I did have a month off for Christmas.


May 7, 2010 - Posted by | Friday Afternoon Confessional


  1. I confess that a one week break between spring and summer classes is not enough.

    I confess that I stole a $2 bill from work today. I confess this wasn’t the first time.

    I confess that I’m curious whether or not Adam’s students are aware that he blogs, and if so whether they actually read what he writes with regards to his classes.

    I confess that I’m probably studying the wrong subject in graduate school (psychoanalysis), but my alternative interests (theology, philosophy) are not safe bets on the job market.

    I confess that the news about the evangelical, anti-gay activist Rekers hiring a male escort to accompany him around Europe made me laugh.

    I confess that when Rekers denied allegations of being gay, and rather claimed that he’s following Jesus by hanging out with prostitutes by trying to change them for the better made me sad.

    Comment by Jeremy | May 7, 2010

  2. I confess I recently found a bottle of vintage extrait Jean Patou Joy, at a flea market in my neighborhood, priced at next to nothing. I confess I smell kind of incredible right now.

    I confess I’m not confessing at all, but gloating.

    Comment by jms | May 7, 2010

  3. I confess that I knowingly and perhaps even willfully antagonized an evangelical friend on FB. I confess it was reasonable foreseeable that she would not welcome the open debate and free exchange of ideas. I confess that at some level I was probably doing so as a delibrate filter to test the value of maintaining communication.I confess mutual friends probably will think I was being a dick.

    Comment by Di Kotimy | May 7, 2010

  4. I do sometimes mention the blog (as I always like to “cite” things in conversation), though I tell them that reading it is a waste of time. So far one or two students have told me they’ve tracked it down.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 7, 2010

  5. I confess I believe it is inconsiderate of Adam to justify his comments but left align his posts.

    Comment by Earnest O'Nest | May 7, 2010

  6. I can’t control it. WordPress has a limited number of templates for free blogs, and this was the least-bad I found.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 7, 2010

  7. I am sure you can justify your posts in this theme, I would have gone to wordpress if you couldn’t. What I don’t see is how one can justify one’s comments. & I do hate unjustified comments (which is something that can count as a confession I hope).

    Comment by Earnest O'Nest | May 7, 2010

  8. ‘I wouldn’t have gone to wordpress if I couldn’t’, I wanted to say.

    Comment by Earnest O'Nest | May 7, 2010

  9. I confess I am not sure I see a distinction regarding alignment between the comments and the posts.

    Comment by ben | May 7, 2010

  10. Ben appears to be correct.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | May 7, 2010

  11. I confess that virtually all of my comments anywhere are unjustified.

    Comment by Di Kotimy | May 7, 2010

  12. I confess I now doubt my own perspicacity, as your comments all look left aligned to me (note: left aligned better than right aligned). But I do know you can justify your posts in this and any other theme! It has to do with kitchen sinks.

    Comment by Guido Nius | May 7, 2010

  13. I confess I suck miserably at maintaining different persona.

    Comment by Guido Nius | May 7, 2010

  14. I confess that as I was touring a writer friend around my old workplace today to help him get ideas for a film set in local politics, I had a twinge of jealousy that he would incorporate funny things from my world into his writing — even though I’ve already written something set in that world.

    Comment by k-sky | May 7, 2010

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