Wednesday, February 4, 2009


--Among many (too fucking many) other things, I’m working on my talk for the Association of Writing Program’s conference. I’m on a panel with many lovelies and we’ll be talking about the ethics of writing about your kids. So two things: 1) If you’re at AWP, come to the panel, would you? It’s on Thursday at 10:30 at the Chicago Hilton. 2) Have anything to say about the topic? I’m listening.

--Our Snuggies have left Sparks, Nevada. Also, Brandon saw Snuggies at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $14.99 a pop. I am a sucker MC.

--Out to lunch on Sunday, I saw two people in different parties that looked freakily alike. It was distracting and a little frustrating that neither person recognized the similarity.

--I read this interview last night with philosopher Tom Dumm about loneliness, the knowability of oneself or others, and how what he calls loneliness (or what I’d probably call independence) has political ramifications. I also like this quote in it: “Writing a book is very difficult to do, even a bad one. I try to remember that when reading someone else’s work.”

--It’s been very Pleasures of Yesteryear chez Niesslein lately. I just finished the fouth Harry Potter book, and we’re about halfway through the fourth season of The Office. This is one of the best lines: “The eyes are the groin of the face.” It’s funny because it’s true.


Anjali said...

The panel sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to hearing back from you what people say.

Jennifer said...

Me, too!

jessica said...

I'll miss the panel - we don't get in until Thursday afternoon. Dang. Have fun!

I'll back-channel you my cell phone # so we can try to get together, otherwise.

jessica said...

Hey, thanks for the shout-out, btw!

Anonymous said...

I DO have something to say about the issue of writing about our kids. I'm more afraid of what I've said about our past (which involves a warrant for my arrest, being separated from each other since they were young, and various sundry things.)

The arrest thing isn't scary, just a fact. It has more to do with my stuffed toy rabbit Jemima than any crime I committed. Silly, silly judicial system. Sheesh!

So where do you draw the line without causing shame or embarrassment. Hmmm? k*areyshane [dot] com. (Take out the asterisk) Would seriously like your input, Jennifer.