Saturday, August 8, 2015

JULY @)!% (Get It?)

Y’know, I don’t include the baseball games I go to…

I have not had the motivation to WRITE like I used to.
But I won’t whine about it; I don’t need to guilt-trip myself.
A ton of movies absorbed in some crazy attempt at variety?
An eclectic mix certainly, but lacking on anything pre-1950… I guess all my viewing is stuck in certain eras and genres. I’m hardly ecumenical when you think about it—and very much learn to subject matter best covered with a blanket marked, “Weirdness.”
But did watching this stuff help me intellectually and creatively—like I know my reading this month did—or did all these screenings just waste time, and worse, fill me with a horrible regret? What the hell am I talking about? 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Blast Off From the Listoverse! (The Movies and Readings of June 2015)

So I have been taking summer classes at CCNY this past June, and…Yeah, you got it, I’ve been busy.
List and brief commentary on films seen in June below, but I’ll say this: June was spent catching up on last year’s flicks that I missed due to school, etc.
Obviously I am not as into this blog as I used to be. I gotta get my mind right boss. I’ve got a lot of other things going on.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

If Apple Ever Makes an ‘iVan,’ I’m Gonna Sue: The Movies of April & May 2015

Late for everything—even supper! (Started a summer course before my spring courses ended—what am I? Crazy?)

Feeling very…I dunno.
The semester has ended—thank the Great Old Ones!—and I did well grade-wise (hey kids, studying hard and midnight sacrifices to demon gods always works!), but the workload was so damn intense and overwhelming and grinding that I don’t think that I have recovered completely.

Then again, I’ve never been much good while in between projects—especially the intense ones—and then when the mood swings begin interfering, well, that’s all she wrote…

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


No Apologies!

While I wish I had a better publishing schedule for LERNER INTERNATIONAL, I don’t.
Graduate school keeps a body very busy, and sacrifices must be made.
Busy doesn’t come close to describing the situation. Punch-drunk and dizzy is more like it.
But I’m learning so much and getting so much experience.
I’m aiming at becoming a teacher of writing and composition to adult learners, and have been doing more than just schoolwork: I’m tutoring students at the writing center, and occasionally being a TA for a class of freshman.

That said, I haven’t been doing any reading for fun, and movie watching is few and far between.
I think I saw more films in one week in January (during the break) than I have in the last two months (and these were some of the worst times of the winter; stuck indoors—perfect movie viewing weather—if you don’t have a gazillion pages of linguistic theory to read and annotate…).
List and brief descriptions below the break…

Saturday, February 7, 2015

INTRO TO THE POLITICS OF RESEARCH (and the movies of January 2015!)

Let’s get Meta—we’ve all read “University Inc.”? Of course we have.
Did we like it? In the simplest terms, was it fun to read? There’s no wrong answer…

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2014: Gone, and Good Riddance! (or: Ding-Dong, the Year Is Dead!)

I’ve been officially accepted into graduate school—working towards my MA in Language & Literacy—and if you have any idea of what that means, you know I ain’t gonna have the time…

Honestly, 2014 was probably one of the toughest years of my life, burning me out to the core of my soul, messing with my health, emptying my bank account and essentially ruining me financially.
But WOW, I learned a lot about myself and the “System.”
Like I will never teach in a public school. Not because the kids are monsters (and many of them are), but because the pedagogical bureaucrats and creeps run the show—and their one desire is a classroom full of obedient zombies. Teaching students how to be quiet and sit up straight was more important that engaging them intellectually. Sad, really, and I want no part of it.

Wow, this month, I really caught up (sort of) with my movie viewing and “for fun” reading (not that any reading these days doesn’t have an ulterior motive).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

L.I.E. #119: Short Reviews, Fat Reviewer (the movies of November 2014)

Putting weight on—after spending such effort to lose it! Damn that sweet tooth!
Been really slacking off lately—and I know why: bad habits. Thought I had ’em licked.
Well, gotta get my nose to the grindstone, yessir!
No more sugar! No more wheat! No dairy! Starve!